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A Change of Heart

The holiday that could leave your emotions in a tangled mess.
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photo by Sienna Green
Evolution of Valentines Day

Everyone’s goodie bags are filled to the brim with sweets that would give any kid cavities. The entire class is doing a cut-and-paste activity, hoping the finished product makes their parents day. The colors: red, white, and pink, are the only colors you see in every classroom and hallway. It’s simple.

It was simple.

 

 

Almost every child says they can’t wait to grow up. However, not one of them takes into consideration that days like February 14th are much easier as a little kid. There was nothing to worry about. Kids don’t have to go out and scramble to find the perfect gift for their significant other, and they don’t stress out if they can’t find someone to spend the day with. And it’s all because of one day…

 

Valentine’s Day. It’s a 24-hour period for roses, love notes and a reason to get dressed up for dinner. Some people treat it as if they’re in a Hallmark movie. 

 

However, others want to crawl down in a hole, because they don’t have a valentine. They are the “Grinch” of Valentine’s Day. Meanwhile, you also have the ones who are just happy to spend the holiday with their friends.

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“I try to hang out with my closest friends on Valentine’s Day. It’s a small little get-together that I can look forward to each year on February 14th,” sophomore Tori Bove says.

 

It’s different for everybody. Bove spends her day in a more positive way with her friends. There are obviously other ways people can devote their time throughout the day.

 

“Since I don’t have a boyfriend around the Valentine’s season this year, I don’t really have an opinion. I try to stay pretty neutral around the holiday. I’ll probably just have a sweet treat and watch a movie with my family,” sophomore Sophie Wright says.

 

When in a relationship, this is the one day that is marked on the calendar where everyone should be spending the day with their significant other. Red roses centered at the dinner table, the room filled with the aroma of the scented candle in the corner. It takes a lot for two people to get to this stage, especially if they don’t live near each other.

 

“Valentine’s Day is a perfect day to show your significant other how much you care about them. Even though he goes to a different school, it’s not that hard to show our love for one another because we make time for each other after our day at school. I will definitely keep February 14th wide open so I can spend as much time with him [Aereon Dillen] as possible,” sophomore Gracie Fines says.

 

As we take a look back on our past, we realize how many little things have changed. However, every 365 days, we get a reminder that just a normal day in the middle of the week could be viewed differently in everyone’s eyes. Now that we’re this old and there’s no way to become younger, we need to take this holiday (especially) and make the most of it knowing it’s more than just Fun Dip packets.

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Natalie Roman, Managing Editor
Hi! I'm Natalie Roman and I am a sophomore in high school. This is my first year as a writer for the Smoke Signal. A fun fact about me is I have been able to juggle since 5th grade!
Sienna Green, Co-Editor-in-Chief
Hi, I am Sienna, a Co-Editor in Chief for the Smoke Signal! I am a senior, and this is my first year on the staff. After high school, I hope to attend a 4-year college to study business admin with a concentration in Project Management. When not at school I am a little kids' soccer coach! I have a love for the beach, sunsets, and my dog Peach!
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