Who Needs Love?
By Emily, age 14, Ohio
Well, it's February, the month of all things LOVE. Last year, I had a boyfriend on Valentine's Day. We exchanged gifts and it was great. Here's the problem with my boyfriend at that time: we hardly ever communicated outside of texting. We didn't talk enough, but that's not the main reason why we broke up. I was the one who broke off our relationship because I felt he flirted with other girls too much, but to this day we have a very strong friendship, and he's actually dating my best friend right now.
Anyway, my latest boyfriend and I started dating on October 7th, 2011. We dated for three months until December 30th.
2011 began and ended with a heartbreak for me. On the 1st or 2nd day of January, I was broken up with, and then it happened again the day before New Year's Eve. I took this second break up extremely hard! He was the first boy I ever held hands with, kissed, hugged, and actually hung out with. We talked a lot in person, texted, and called. He told me he loved me, and he was the sweetest guy ever. Everything was going fine on Thursday (December 29th), but on Friday he suddenly broke up with me without a single reason. I've texted him twice asking for a reason. But did I get one? Nope! So now, here we are, just two weeks later (as I am writing this), and he's already got a new girlfriend. Maybe that's the reason. Anyway, it looks as if I'm going to be spending my Valentine's Day without a boyfriend this year.
Anyway, my point is, who needs love? Of course, it's nice to have a boy who will love us unconditionally, send us sweet messages, say we're pretty, gorgeous, or beautiful, and keep our self-esteem up, but do we really need a boy when we've got great friends?
Single this Valentine's Day, like me? Here are some great ways to spend your Valentine's Day.
1. Call up some single friends. Go to the movies, go bowling, or set up a small "Singles Awareness Day" party. :]
2. If you're like me, and currently the majority of your closest friends are in a relationship, have a mommy/daughter day or an aunt/niece day. Rent a movie, grab some popcorn, ice cream, or other sweets, get out the fluffy pajama bottoms and soft socks, and enjoy the movie.
3. Make a quick trip to the library, grab some of your favorite (or suggested) books, and have some fun escaping into the world of books.
4. Valentine's Day is on a Tuesday this year, so maybe just have some fun at school, and come home to have a study session. I know, it sounds terribly boring, but if your grades are down, I'm sure an A or A+ would be a great Valentine's Day gift to both you and your parents.
5. Got a single guy friend? Let him know that you don't have strong feelings for him (unless you do), and then see if he wants to go hang out or grab some coffee.
Note: I got this final idea from a magazine. Results may vary with this. Please note that your guy friend may be ignorant and not believe you that don't think of him as anything but a friend. So be extremely cautious with this suggestion.