So ... What's the Rose For?

By Lauren, age 16, California

Sometimes I wonder just what the world is trying to tell me. Especially when a chocolate rose, three candles, and a "Pot of Gold" box of Hershey's chocolates is staring at me from atop my bookshelf, alongside exactly two packs of hot cocoa mix from the neighbors (some exotic brand of cocoa I've never heard of).

Which, granted, is all quite lovely, but all those gifts came from women. And while I'll indulge in the chocolate faster than you can blink, it's quite apparent the world wants me on a date of some sort.

(The world is a very informed being. It knows I'm a chocoholic, as the candles are thus scented.)

The movie type of love is very cute, inconvenient, and innocent. Mostly, it's there. My brother never got the memo on this, and I missed the section where you feel that way for a long period of time.

Thus, I've had three crushes, each lasting around two weeks. Nowadays I'm disinterested in all of them, and I never felt much of anything in the first place. More of a "hey, I just noticed you walked into the same room I'm in - it's not normal for me to notice that." And no, I'm not LGBT - I'm just focused on my education. But the candles are still staring at me, and the dress I wore to my friend's Quince hangs forlornly in the closet.

The world could be saying any of these things:

♥ A random person will ask you out (hasn't happened yet).

♥ You should turn LGBT! ( ... unlikely, but I'll keep my mind open.)

♥ Just eat the chocolate already! (looking better every day ...)

Now, if only that rose didn't look quite so perfect, so I wouldn't feel guilty ...

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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
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- 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)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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