Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Secrets in the Season of Love

As anyone who's gone into a supermarket or convenience store lately knows, it's almost Valentine's Day! As a single gal, I've never had particular reason to look forward to this holiday, but the candy and cards from friends always make it enjoyable! I have memories from every year of school parties complete with games, Valentines decked out with cartoon characters, and frosted heart-shaped sugar cookies made by dedicated room mothers. And even in high school, there were the "Crush" and flower sales and those of us who clung to the cartoon card tradition.

Here in Europe, however, I've found that this seems a little strange. Apparently, in most of the world February 14 is a day for lovers alone! In this case, I decided to cling to my American roots and shared some homemade Valentines (sans cartoon characters) and chocolate oatmeal cookies with my friends here. The college has also caught the spirit, as we each have a "secret lover" for the week. It's basically like Secret Santa with a Valentine's theme. It's been weird seeing random declarations of love posted around the school and finding candies stashed in secret places, but I never new writing tacky love poems could be so fun!

Say what you will about the commercialization of Valentine's Day, but I'm all for any chance to celebrate each other and share a little love!

An interesting Sweetheart we found in a package from my grandparents. All it said was "URA," and we didn't know what it meant except that it's "clock" in local! Later, we found another similar candy and realized the second part rubbed off. It was supposed to say "URA 10." Not really that much better. :)

What my secret lover sent me today! How sweet!

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