“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.”
“Candy is dandy,” Nash professed, and Burns declared that his love “is like a red, red rose.”
But luckily for us, we’re able to make more than poetic comparisons to represent our love: We can show it, for around Valentine’s day, every grocery store and gas station is stocked with candy, chocolates and roses that comprehend the spectrum of colors.
Sweet? – Yes. Artificial? – Most definitely.
It is perhaps this artificiality and these commercial tactics that have caused the fear surrounding this most infamous day of St. Valentine. I myself have heard several young ladies and gentlemen on campus bemoaning the encroaching “romantic pressure.” Indeed, there seems to be a conception that this one evening could make or break a relationship. Hence the copious purchaces of chocolates and roses – and the accompanying fear of being “too cliché.”
But Valentine’s Day is only 1/365 of a year: Believe me, there is plenty of time to make or break those relationships, with or without chocolates and roses. So don’t worry about being cliché; enjoy yourself in spite of – or perhaps because of – the artificial sweeteners.
Oh, and if you want to keep the rose metaphor, I recommend Swinburne’s version as a more complete description: “If love were what the rose is, and I were like the leaf, our lives would grow together in sad or singing weather.”
Happy Valentine’s Day!