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Volume 65 Number 4

Staff Editorial: Hallmark tells us when to be thankful

by Mainsheet Staff - 2015-02-19


Valentine’s Day has passed, but, of course, not without plenty of flowers, chocolates and cards given to that special someone for that particular day. We can’t forget the sweet dinners or surprises that many people plan crazily in advance for, either.

But why treat that person as extra special only once a year? Why confine your demonstration of love to that one day, when you could do the same thing way more than once a year?

Valentine’s Day shouldn’t be a reminder for people to start preparing something for their special someone, but rather it should be just another normal day of the year.

On the other side of the spectrum, the singles who moped around on Valentine’s Day--drowning themselves in Buzzfeed posts on why having pizza or puppies is better than having actual lovers--need to realize that Valentine’s Day should be a day when they show love to their friends and family, those who have been supporting them in all of their endeavors.

There is no point in having just one day to show appreciation and love for others. Take Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, for example. Most of us don’t even know when those days are (Mother’s Day this year falls on May 10, Father’s Day June 21).

On those days, like for our loved ones on Valentine’s Day, we pull out the traditional Hallmark cards and special meals throughout the day to please our parents and make them feel special. It’s a saddening thought that we must be reminded by a commercial company to do something special for them.

If anything, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are a great way for retailers and servicers to capitalize on our forgetfulness to celebrate our parents and loved ones on other days of the year.

I’m sure sales for gifts and other special treats soar because those who haven’t shown their appreciation must feel a twinge of guilt.

So why not save yourself some time and planning and fill your heart up with smiles by celebrating those around you every day. We can all be thankful for those who make a difference in our lives.


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