Valentine’s Day (Smooch Day)

Some call it Valentine’s Day, and others call it Single Awareness Day (or SAD – a cruel pun). Retailers call it Anything-in-a-shade-of-red-and-remotely-romantic-sells-like-hot-cakes Day. As for me, I just call it ‘Vrydag’ – which means “Friday”. However, it directly translates to ‘Smooch day’, which is very applicable as Valentine’s Day equals smooching.

Because it is Valentine’s Day (Smooch day), I’ll stay away from the typical themes of love that one expects of this day. I’ll rather talk about two things about Valentine’s day that have annoyed me for quite some time.

Romeo and Juliet

You know how when some people see a couple and they say, “Aw look, they’re just like Romeo and Juliet.” That’s when I think, “You have obviously not read that story.”

The synopsis of Romeo and Juliet is that they meet, fall in love, get married, have sex, and then commit suicide because of a misunderstanding. Plus, all of this happens in the space of a week. How romantic …

Now you understand why it annoys me that people connect anything romantic to Romeo and Juliet. It is quite literally is one of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies.

Think about it

When you think about it, technically Juliet is the rebound because right before he met her, Romeo was still moping about another woman (Rosaline) who wasn’t interested in him. Plus, if you’ve read the play you would know that Juliet was only thirteen years old …

The fact that this whole thing is bothering me just proves that I’m a nerd.


Something that I struggle with on this day is to buy my significant other a present. I asked him what he wanted and he gave me a couple of options, so I got him chocolate and key chains (those were on the list). Then I realised I’ll probably have to do this every Valentine’s Day until I die.

On the other hand, I know exactly what I want – eyeshadow. It’s weird, I know, but it’s what I wanted and mine is running low. I love it when people buy me stuff that I then don’t have to go buy myself. My ideal present is probably a toner cartridge for my printer. I’m lucky that my significant other goes along with my weirdness.

Those are my two main complaints – what is something about Valentine’s Day that annoys you?



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Valentine's day (smooch day)