Celebrate Valentine’s Day – Even in a Pandemic!

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Every year on February 14, we celebrate our loved ones with candy, flowers, cards, and balloons. Some people go out to eat with their boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands, and wives, while others just celebrate with family and friends. However, this year, many restaurants don’t allow indoor dining, and the places to go are limited for most people. So what’s the workaround?

T’Neisha Johnson, a homeschooled senior, planned an indoor picnic with her boyfriend with a five senses theme. Johnson actually used the pandemic to her advantage because she took this opportunity to make her Valentine’s Day more intimate seeing that they could not  go anywhere in public. “I’m not a materialist person,” Johnson said, which is why she appreciates anything that comes from the heart, and Elijah Rice agrees. Rice, a junior at Banneker, thinks Valentine’s Day is simply “a day to appreciate the people you love and show them you care.” 

While Johnson planned to stay inside with her boyfriend, Rice spent the day outside of the comfort and safety of his home. While he acknowledges the fact that this year’s circumstances were different due to COVID-19, this did not stop him from trying to achieve a nice outing with his girlfriend, which is his favorite part of this holiday. For Valentine’s Day, Rice took his girlfriend to Fourth Dimension Fun Center and then went out to eat. 

Even though both Rice and Johnson spent this holiday with their significant others, they both agree that Valentine’s Day is not only a romantic holiday. It should be extended to family and friends. Rice stated, “I think that friendship could be celebrated. You don’t have to be in a relationship to celebrate Valentine’s Day.” Johnson said, “It should extend to showing love in friendships.” Johnson had mentioned that growing up, her parents did not exclude the rest of the family from their Valentine’s Day celebration. They gave gifts to everyone and celebrated the day in the entire household. Even Rice believes that friends should go out with each other on Valentine’s Day. 

Despite the fact that COVID-19 is still present, there are still ways to enjoy yourselves on special occasions, no matter what kind of relationship you are in. So, pull the red hearts back out and show your love with flowers, candies, cards, and whatever you desire; and as Johnson said, “shower someone in love!”