Cupid is eagerly waiting to have his chance in the spotlight.
A day known for the love that is spread, the chocolate that is sent, the hugs that are given, and the general happiness of those who have someone to share it with: This day is Valentine’s Day.
Teens in the area are anticipating the upcoming overflow of compassion.
“I love Valentine’s Day because it makes people appreciate their loved ones,” says Robin Rockwell, a sophmore at Newtown High School.
However, the furnace of an ongoing argument about this day is lit once again. Some teens like the idea of Valentine’s Day but the essence of the day itself lacks true meaning.
Valentine’s Day was originally a celebration of the Christian Saint Valentinus, but the holiday has since been replaced with red hearts and candy instead of religious symbols.
Maggie DeCapua, a senior at Stratford High School says, “Valentine’s Day is a nice concept but it is an awful practice. It has become too materialistic, and I think that if you care about someone, you should be able to share it everyday.”
Perhaps some teens don’t enjoy the holiday because they feel as if it is meant only for couples.
“The people who are not currently in relationships have more of a pessimistic attitude the whole day, says Alison Kuznitz, a junior at Trumbull High School.
Roses and teddy bears, for example, are exchanged to loved ones on this holiday. These gifts can not be overwhelming to someone who does not have a special person to share it with but also, teens in relationships feel the stress to make this day unforgettable.
“There is the potential of being pressured to have the perfect gift or make sure the day is romantic if you have a Valentine,” says Gretchen Kuhsel, of Easton, a senior at Joel Barlow High School in Redding.
Teens who dont agree with the holidays superficial meassage have the toughest time on Feb. 14. This makes the idea of giving an extravagant gift difficult and for some teens, financially unattainable.
“Teens in relationships are forced to express their feelings and spend money eachother or else they look uncaring,” says Victioria Hawks-Ladds, of Bolton, a senior at Connecticut IB Academy.
Should you have to wait for the 14th of February to express your love to others?
Many teens take a cynical stance on this question arguing that love should be spread all year round. Maybe they just have to be struck by Cupid’s arrow to have a more positive experience on this love-filled day.
Written by Vanessa Spence, of Bridgeport, a junior at Central Magnet High School and Gretchen Kuhsel, of Easton, a senior at Joel Barlow High School in Redding.