One Night Valentine

By Tracy, age 15, Oregon

February was the "Month of Love." My "Day of Love" started one month after February 14th, 2011. I was only 13, and like every other 13 year old single girl, I wanted a boyfriend. He was the perfect one. He came at the right time. He was one of the few guys who actually liked talking to me. And I liked him for his personality and attractiveness. So what's the point of being single any longer when we like each other? When an opportunity itself presented to me, I took it. I asked him if he actually liked me or if he was just flirting like every other guy I knew. He told me that he wasn't just saying it - he actually truly did like me.

Although he was 16 and I was still just a kid at 13, we were officially girlfriend and boyfriend in one night. At the age of 13, I didn't truly know what I wanted and what I needed. All I knew was that every girl my age was going through boyfriend after boyfriend, so that's what I should do.

That one night of happiness made up for that year's Valentine's Day. That one night was great - we talked and flirted and I couldn't stop having butterflies in my stomach. I couldn't wait to tell my friends about him the next day at school. I stayed up late talking to him and I felt better than any other day in my life. He got me and I got him. He listened to me complain and made me felt like I was the only 'luckiest girl in the world.'

However, everything fell apart before 'tomorrow' even came. A fight erupted from his sideline "girlfriend" that I didn't know about, and we got into a fight. The "girlfriend" was calling me a boyfriend stealer and other words that no one has ever called me before. I felt horrible and betrayed. I asked him if it was all true and he denied it all; he told me that she was just a friend and he didn't have anything going on with her. I didn't know whom to trust; I felt bad for the "girlfriend" and told her that I was sorry. The "girlfriend" didn't care about my apology; she just started yelling at him and me. He and I then started arguing, and that was the end of my happiness. Horrible words were traded between us. I couldn't look at him, much less talk to him anymore.

At the age of 13 I turned a new leaf. I couldn't trust any guy, but once they made me feel as special as he did, all I could do was melt at their every word. I was only 13 and wanted to follow the crowd. I didn't know what I wanted and needed. Now, whenever Valentine's Day comes along, I think about my late Valentine's One Night Ex, and it makes me feel good to know that even though I'm all alone, it beats that one night of happiness-turned-nightmare.

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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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