Crier Wants to Know: how did you celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Valentine’s Day: a holiday that, at Conant, typically involves sharing appreciation for friends, a significant other, or for anyone who plays an important part in your life through gifts or other ways of expressing gratitude. It is a holiday that, aside from the romantic aspects, can be celebrated in many different ways with people that are meaningful to you. As Valentine’s Day had already happened, Crier staff interviewed students and staff about how they planned to celebrate Valentine’s Day. 

Emily Zavala ‘22:

“I’ve always loved Valentine’s Day. In past years, I got little gifts for my friends. Last year, I opted out of hybrid learning, so I couldn’t do that again. I did however make a basket for a friend who I hadn’t seen in about a year or two and we met up and exchanged them. This year I plan to continue my own tradition of bringing valentines for my friends. Besides that, I plan to spend the day with some friends.”

Maria Pye ‘23:

“I usually celebrate the holiday with my mother. We eat breakfast together, and watch cooking shows in the evening. A particularly fond memory of mine is that last year, we baked cheesecake muffins together. We will most likely follow our usual pattern, but I would like to bake a red velvet cake with buttercream frosting as a special surprise for my mother this year.”

Alexander (Alex) Waterman ’24:

“In the past, Valentine’s day has always been the one day I’ve glorified just to make the month of February bearable, but last year in the pandemic, I decided to treat myself. I purchased discounted chocolate from the clearance section of Target and shared it with my sister just to feel proud as singles for a day recognizing couples.This year, I’m still very single, but I do plan on sending love to my friends and family members just to check in. A little discount chocolate for myself wouldn’t hurt, too.”

Vinesh Patel ’25:

“I don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day because the holiday is about showing love and affection between you and your boyfriend/girlfriend. In particular, there wasn’t anything memorable about that day. I don’t really have ideas on what to do.”

Grace Gibbs, English teacher:

“In the past I didn’t do much to celebrate Valentine’s Day. I think it was more of a time to tell the people in my life that I love them. In high school, I remember that there was one year where we exchanged valentines with our friends and that was very special hearing the specific things that my friends appreciated about me. This year will be a little bit different. I don’t think I’ll write a note to all of my friends, but just a few that I haven’t gotten to see in a while. I want to take the opportunity to appreciate the people in my life who I don’t always say that to. Make it more focused on specific people that maybe haven’t heard those words of affirmation in a long time.”'

Jamie Okulanis

Jamie Okulanis is an Opinions Editor and a Junior at Conant. This is her second year on the Crier Staff. At Conant, Jamie is a part of PRIDE. Outside of Conant, she enjoys reading and watching new shows on Netflix.

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