Valentine's Day

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Ah, February. The month when you can purchase a massive teddy bear and an oversize box of chocolates shaped like a heart from your local grocery store. Sure, Valentine's Day has turned into a consumer holiday fueled by Hallmark, but honestly, who cares? Valentine's Day is about celebrating that special someone in your life. 

You don't need dinner reservations at a fancy restaurant or extravagant gifts. You just need the one whom you love. Last year, the Choctawk brought a blog about what couples can do together on Valentine's Day, so this year I'm going to give some non-date advice.

Uplift. Tell your partner what you love about him/her. After all, they've taken time to invest in your life, and that's no small task. Words of encouragement and kindness are never wasted.

Support. Life never stops for holidays. Your significant other may have a crazy week coming up, so having a huge, time consuming Valentine's Day may not be possible. This is okay! Don't let life keep you from supporting your partner and his/her goals and duties. 

Treat. No, I don't mean flying him/her to Rome for the weekend. Rather, surprise him/her to a midday snack or their favorite dessert. Simplicity is sweet.

Write. Give a handwritten note of your affection. Whether it's a cheesy card or a long romantic letter, your partner will love it.

Love. Maybe you have a grand Valentine's Day planned, and if so, that's wonderful. Maybe you've planned a low-key date, and if so, that's wonderful as well. Whatever you have planned for that special someone in your life, do it in love. Love your partner well and constantly.

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no; it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests, and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
— William Shakespeare; Sonnet 116

I hope that you're excited to celebrate that special someone. Happy Valentine's Day from the Choctawk Staff!

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