FAIRMONT – While it is a holiday listed on most calendars, Valentine’s Day observances can range from a romantic couple’s dinner to a regular day alone.
Depending on the individual, one can celebrate the day through displays of affection to one or more people, or one can go about the day as usual with no changes.
For many college-aged students, the so-called holiday is just another day of classes.
“Since I am happily single, I’ll be spending it with my girls,” said Rebecca Luketic, a sophomore secondary education major at Fairmont State University. “I’ll probably be watching movies and eating chocolate covered strawberries.”
While it is a regular day for some, the pressure of having a Valentine can still prove to be problematic, especially for those with no significant other. Some believe the day is unimportant, even in a relationship, as love should always be present.
“Every day is Valentine’s Day,” Taylor Griffith, a freshman nursing major, said. “You’re supposed to love your significant other every day, not just Valentine’s Day.”
Luketic and Griffith are part of the Alpha Sigma Tau sorority, which plans group outings and events for the members to participate in with one another, even on holidays. Despite not having a plan this year, she believes she will still have fun with her sorority sisters.
“We didn’t really get to plan anything this year to do anything philanthropy-wise like we wanted to,” Luketic said. “We’ll probably do something a little more on another holiday.”
Although not everyone has someone to call their Valentine, others have been doing it for years, somewhat devolving the holiday to yet another day over time. Still, it can be an opportunity for those in long-term relationships to display affection in some way.
“After being together for 15 years, we’re together all the time,” Shawn Pynn, a Fairmont native, said. “So actually Valentine’s Day might be a good day to take some time for ourselves.”
Kids can rejuvenate some of the feelings of love emphasized by the holiday, however, as parents may find a different type of affection for their little ones.
“Kids put a little bit of a different mix on it,” Pynn said, gesturing to his two children. “Any time we can spend with the kids is just as good as the two of us going out.”
Although not everyone sees the holiday as one worth making a big deal out of, displays of affection can still be found among individuals of all kinds. For the Broubards, showing this affection has not lost its luster in nearly 20 years.
“Sometimes we go out, sometimes we don’t go out, it just depends,” Tina Broubard, a native of Fairmont, said. “Whatever it brings, it’s all the better.”
Tina could be seen with her husband Dan Broubard coming out of Walmart Wednesday. Not needing to do anything fancy, Tina said she is just happy to spend time with her loved ones on the holiday, and encourages others not to feel pressure and just enjoy the day.
“Are we going out? Probably not,” she said. “We’re probably just going to relax and enjoy it.”