Valentine’s Day is upon us. I remember way back in my youth reading in a Highlights magazine that St. Valentine had nothing to do with love or romance whatsoever. I don’t feel like Wikipedia-ing right now to find out his story… but perhaps this was one of the first holidays that people say was created by greeting card companies. And, my oh my, do they make a killing. Not that anyone doubts this, but the proof is seen at stores like Wal-Mart, CVS, Walgreens, Hallmark… any store that houses these cards. What will you find? Crowds of last-minute-men scrambling to find the perfect card–or any card–for their special lady friend.
The florists and chocolatist get this treatment too. And it’s not just V-Day, but Mother’s Day I see this happen too. But we’ll wait until May to talk about that.
This holiday’s mascot is probably officially Cupid of Roman mythology. I’ve done my homework on this dude since he became the focus of a trilogy screenplay I had been working on, but I since took a break for other creative interests. But I’ve been thinking about creating a character to counter Cupid. A Grinch or Scrooge to Valentine’s Santa, if you will. Naturally, at the end of his story, this cynical, malice-filled caricature would probably discover the true meaning of Valentine’s Day by the night’s end… or maybe the night before… and change his ways thanks to a caring woman who made his heart grow three sizes that day. Or maybe Cupid will stab him with a magical pitch fork.
I could totally take it to an adult themed story line and tie in Victoria’s Secret marketing. Out anti-hero will discover a different ending that night. Yeah, you know what I’m talking about.
But on a personal level, I’m feeling rather apathetic this year. Most of my friends already have someone they’d call a Valentine. And the ones that don’t… Well, wouldn’t it be nice to get all these bitter singles together to just hate on love and say how overrated romance is? Some hooking up might happen in the process, but they’d be promptly kicked out.
This year, I could go either way. I can look at the lovey-dovey side, or the “this holiday sucks” side. I don’t care. And yes that means that at the time being, I am Valentine-less. But no weepy tears for me. It’s not that big of a deal. Besides, the day hasn’t yet arrived so anything can happen.
I have my favorite past Valentine memories to reflect on though. The double Valentines at Purchase. The Casablanca viewing Valentine. Heh-heh… yeah… Sorry. Okay, so those are only two memories… but they were great and I will plead the fifth as to why and what happened. Good times, indoob.
Anyway, be sure to stay tuned this week as I do the best I can to keep my posts holiday themed. I have had a reputation of being a romantic, so I can’t let those people down. Yet, at the same time, I find the thought of being the anti-romantic intriguing. Maybe we’ll call this alter ego Syd the Cynic. So join in on the bittersweet holiday that so many people love to hate, or hate because they get no love. Or both.