In spite of spending 15 years in the US, I never got used to the commercial way Valentine's Day was celebrated there. After the Christmas decorations had finally disappeared from the stores, it took but a minute for the red and pink Valentine's Day merchandise to fill their place. It’s not that I don’t believe in love, but, as a skeptical Israeli, I suspected that Valentine’s Day was actually a scheme devised by companies like Hallmark Cards in order to boost sales during the cold dreary winter months.
And speaking of cards I was especially uncomfortable with the public celebration of Valentine’s Day at the elementary school.
The simple question “will you be my Valentine,” is honest and specific. I tell you that I care about you and ask if you feel the same way about me. This question is directed to only one person-- you.
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