Monday, February 15, 2016

Valentine's Day 2016

I can barely remember the last time I didn't have a date on Valentine's Day. I was in high school. I didn't care that I didn't have a boyfriend because I knew I was young enough that society was not going to look down on me for being single. At 15, no one freaks out if you're not paired off. At 25, everyone wonders what's wrong. At 35, people assume you must be a freak.

Valentine's Day is a fake holiday. Everyone knows it, but most of us play along anyway. We buy the candy and give people cards and gifts. I've been giving out Valentine's Day cards since I was in kindergarten. Hallmark made a lot of money off me.

China has two Valentine's Days. Qixi in August and this one in February. I've always ignored Qixi. Most of the time, I don't even know it's come and gone until someone tells me about it. Unlike February 14, it's on a different date every year – like most Chinese holidays.

I probably would have gone out on Valentine's Day with Lily, but she's still in Canada. So I stayed home. She didn't do anything either. Her father's still in the hospital, so she spends most of her time there.

There were a few parties I could have gone to, but then everyone would ask why I'm still single, as if being single is a lingering cough that you just can't shake. I don't mind going out by myself, but I'd rather do it without being judged.

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