Valentine's Day - Jaya Franklin

The dreaded holiday for many is approaching: Valentine's Day. I find that a lot of males hate the holiday more than women, because, naturally, they are usually the ones who are expected to spend the most money.

Unfortunately, some people still haven't figured out what the holiday is truly about. Honestly, we shouldn't have to use a holiday as an excuse to express our love for one another. It should be a regular occurrence.

On the other hand, people like me love this holiday. I love the colors, the teddy bears, the cookies and cupcakes.

I usually don't get too wrapped up in holidays, but the reason that I am so fond of Valentine's Day is because this is the only time that I see people openly express their love for one another.

I know it's pretty sad that some people have to wait all the way until February to hear those three letter words. I think this is one of the reasons why women are so upset when a man forgets birthdays and holidays. Some of them really have their hearts set on this one, particular day, and when the husband or boyfriend forgets, I guess it results in a major disappointment.

The holiday really has nothing to do with the gifts and who spends the most money. I think it's more important to know that someone is thinking of you.

All too often, we are more concerned with materialistic things opposed to what's in people's hearts. This is what has caused people to hate this holiday.

I can certainly understand that, because as soon as it comes around, all you see are ads for things that you can buy your sweetheart. When you turn on the television, you will most likely see all kinds of ads from jewelry stores, with promotions on engagement rings and tennis bracelets.

Instead of going out and buying whatever is on sale, I think words hold much more weight. Of course I like jewelry and wouldn't mind getting a brand new Lexus truck like the lady in the commercial, but when reality hits, none of that stuff really matters.

Those things are objects. I think quality time, and just saying what's in your heart, will hold much more weight than trying to go bankrupt for a holiday.

And, it will also save you from being stressed in the future.

Jaya Franklin covers government for the Henry Daily Herald. She can be reached via e-mail at jfranklin@henryherald.com.