From Saintly Starts to Candy Hearts


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     From Saintly Starts to Candy Hearts

And on the fourteenth day of February, St. Valentine gave to me: flowers and a box of candy. It’s that time of year again! The long-awaited day when your Instagram will be flooded with pics of fancy bouquets and oversized teddy bears. If you are in a relationship, dinner reservations and the perfect date outfit are probably the only things on your mind. If you’re single, however, don’t be so hasty when it comes to hopping on the mopey express! There are plenty of benefits to celebrating Valentine’s Day and all it has to offer.

First, let’s take a look at the origin of this special day. The Catholic Church recognizes three different men named Valentinus. Each of them is martyred. The most common tale is about a Roman priest who performed secret marriages for couples after Emperor Claudius II, who believed single men made far better soldiers, banned the ritual. The chosen date, however, is unclear; but we have reason to believe that February 14th is the unofficial start of birds’ mating season (according to France and England during the Middle Ages). So how did we get to this commercialized celebration of romance? Good question. Roman officials imprisoned another fabled Saint Valentinus. While jailed, Valentinus fell in love with the guard’s daughter and he sent her the first official ‘valentine’, reading: “From your Valentine”.

This culmination of mating, love, and an undying devotion to matrimony has created the perfect gushy storm we all know as Valentine’s Day. As promised, we will discuss why embracing this sometimes-tacky holiday can be your best decision of the New Year yet. We all know that chocolate is divine… I mean, come on. This Valentine’s Day, you and your friends should indulge a little and enjoy a delicious box of chocolates, or maybe even some chocolate covered strawberries. Dark chocolate enhances your heart health, and for very obvious reasons, it’s just good for the soul. Another V-day benefit is partaking in the giving of ridiculous valentines. This silly practice can seriously lift your mood, especially when done with a group of friends, coworkers, teammates, or family members. It is a community-building exercise that can not only make a friend’s day, but yours as well. The expression of love is healthy and contagious; do not fear being swept away.

Celebrating solo may seem disheartening, but remember this: being bogged down with stressful and ultimately disappointing V-day plans will not be nearly as fun as you and your girls stuffing your faces with heart shaped pizza and watching Love Actually on a loop. Also something to note: you have the freedom to go to a party and chat with another singleton. Maybe some romance is in the cards after all.

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Bridget Hennicke

Fordham University junior studying premed and psychology. Fordham cheerleader.