My Valentine's Day Nightmare

By Cassie, age 13 (Guest Contributor)

I will never forget Valentine's Day 2007. As if my school couldn't think of enough ways to make kids feel horrible about themselves, for some odd, extremely weird reason, we had to give out lollipops with little messages on them, like "I Love You", "True Blue Friend", or "Happy Valentine's Day". These stupid things were given out during our Language Arts classes, and you weren't supposed to know who sent them to you. There was an entire bag full of lollipops, so I'm sitting there in my back-of-the-room seat where I can barely see the board, thinking, "YES! I'm surely going to get one. I actually have friends, and I'm not gonna be the loser kid."

The teacher started giving them out. Every time she walked by me I'd look up, get excited ... and nothing. So I was still waiting, and there was about a quarter of the bag left, and my pretty-much-enemy turned and looked at me and started making fun of me. Finally, when the bag had been emptied, there was just one lollipop left, and she gave it to me. So I was sitting there with one lollipop beside my friend Madi, who had, like, 14, and I was wondering, "Why didn't my friends send ME any?"

To make matters even worse, all it said was "Happy V-Day". Once again, another statement to the world that I'm going to remain single for my entire life and I might as well begin studying to become a nun. Most people in the class were pretty nice about it and stuff, but there were a few people who completely humiliated me.

But this was only the beginning of my horrible Valentine's Day. There was this guy who had asked me out a couple weeks before. He was on the golf team, in a band, and went to church, not to mention being a straight A student. I barely knew him, so I said no, but I wanted to get to know him better.

We talked for at least an hour every single day. We talked at school, and I thought that it was only a short matter of time before he'd ask me out again. So one night I was talking to my friend on the phone, and I was, like, "Now make sure that I ask him out tonight." Because, I thought, he would NEVER ask me out again.

Well, I talked to him ... and I couldn't do it. I got ready to say it, and I just couldn't. So I had my friend do it for me the next day, only to find out that he had asked someone else out about 15 minutes after I'd gotten off the phone with him the night before ... And she said yes.

So, he just had to come up to ME of all people that morning and go "HAPPY SINGLES AWARENESS DAY!" I got VERY mad about that ... and then kids on my bus were saying stuff to me about it, making me absolutely, positively HATE Valentine's Day.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
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- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
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- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
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- The 30 hour famine
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- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
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- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
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- I don't care (poetry)
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