Spread the love this Valentine’s Day

Alice Hickson, Staff Writer

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The day of love, flowers, teddy bears, and all things chocolate is right around the corner. Yep, you guessed it, it’s Valentine’s Day.

Some people roll their eyes at the overstuffed shelves at CVS; the cheesy messages inscripted on every candy bar along with the overwhelming amount of stuffed bears holding out signs declaring their love, trigger many students’ gag reflexes.

However, I am all for it.

So it’s a little corny, but that shouldn’t change what the holiday is real about: showing people you love that you care about them.

I’m sure Saint Valentine, the Roman Catholic High Priest, didn’t exactly have Hallmark cards and chalky candy hearts on his mind when Valentine’s Day was born.

In fact, all he wanted to do was make sure everyone experienced the happiness of love by performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry because the emperor deemed them too weak for war.

So people complain that it’s just a commercial holiday for stores to earn money, but I think it’s more than that.

Feb. 14 is a day dedicated to love and not just the love between people in relationships. It’s easy to take the important people in our lives for granted, so whether it is your family, friends or just your dog, show someone you love them.

Even if you’re not into all the tacky cards and stuffed bears, a random act of kindness could really make someone’s day.