The Big Question

The Big Question #11: How Do You Feel About Valentine’s Day

Many people seem to have a love/hate — pardon the expression — relationship with Valentine’s Day.

Those who are in love have a nice excuse to get out and celebrate their relationship, but the stress of gifts and a big night out on the town can be difficult to get past.

Some of those who are not in a relationship by the time February 14th rolls around like to stay inside so as not to be reminded of their “singleness,” while others are quick to get out, dine alone and chuckle to themselves when their tab comes along and only have to pay for one meal rather than two.

The singles who fall into the latter category may refer to Valentine’s Day by its newer alternative name: “Singles Awareness Day.” It’s a way for them to embrace the day just as couples do.

Valentine’s Day is typically a day I’ll go out to eat somewhere, but I try to have an early dinner to avoid all the romantic displays. Let’s face it, a little public affection goes a long way when you’re trying to eat.

My favorite restaurant is Outback, and that’s often where I find myself at some point on the day. That seems to surprise people who know I live in Charleston: the food is so good here from so many different restaurants, they wonder why I’d choose a national chain like when there are so many eateries around that serve up wonderful Lowcountry creations. It’s a valid question, I suppose, but there are times when I’m in the mood for what I know I like instead of what I hope I might like.

Whatever works, right?

So my typical Valentine’s Day is spent ignoring the day completely. That brings me to this week’s edition of The Big Question.

How do you feel about Valentine’s Day? Do you love it, hate it or ignore it, and why?

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 28 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.