The loveliest holiday around

Andy and Kristin Thieneman hold up their homemade Valentine's Day card a week before the holiday.

Alex Thieneman

Andy and Kristin Thieneman hold up their homemade Valentine’s Day card a week before the holiday.

February 14 is the day that the world comes together to celebrate Valentine’s Day, the most controversial holiday on the calendar. People are either in love with it, or they absolutely hate it. You can’t be situated right in the middle of the spectrum. You have to choose a side.

If you are single and alone, this holiday can make you feel like a sad loner. But if you are in a relationship or married, this holiday can make you realize just how lucky you are to have that person in your life. Being the single person that I am, Valentine’s Day does come with a sting to my heart every year, but there is something very special about this lovely holiday.

Every year, I get to watch the love that my parents share with one another, expressing that love through gifts, cards, and an abundance of kisses. I am grateful for that love and desire to be together that they have, especially since neither of their parents had fantastic luck with marriage.

My dad’s parents got married at a fairly young age, and then got a divorce when my dad was just six years old. It was very hard on my father, but he made it through and still managed to find and hold a successful marriage with my mother. My mom’s parents got married and stayed married all throughout her childhood. But almost a year before I was born, they took some time apart from each other. Only after I was born, did they then decide to get back together.

With either divorced or separated parents, my parents were able to find each other in the successful marriage that they are in today. It always warms my heart when I see their happiness every day on Valentine’s day.

Valentine’s day warms my heart in other ways as well. It reminds me just how lucky I am to have loving siblings, friends, parents, and family members in my life. Most of us assume that Valentine’s day can only be about your significant other, but for me it means so much more than that. This day allows me to celebrate my friends and family and show them just how much they mean to me and how much I love and will always love them.

Though February 14 is a day that many dread, it’s safe to say that Valentine’s day is one of my favorite holidays; even if it is not for the typical reasons.

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