You made yourself sick as Valentines Day approached.
You analyzed current and past relationships enough to develop a paralyzing addiction to Funfetti baked goods and Dr. Phil.
When the big day finally arrived, you rolled your eyes at office flower deliveries and uttered the phrase Hallmark holiday at least 20 times.
Now that the holidays over, you reflect on Feb. 14 with one simple sentiment:
Lets do it again!
Valentines Day certainly has its detractors. In recent weeks, I consoled the holidays critics by reminding them that Feb. 14 is just one day.
At the risk of sounding hypocritical, Im advocating a second Valentines Day.
Its not a totally radical idea.
In Japan, women give men chocolate on Valentines Day. Men return the gesture on White Day, held on March 14.
The U.S. doesnt have White Day, but lets not forget about the socially impaired cousin of Valentines Day: Sweetest Day.
If you havent heard of Sweetest Day, youre probably not alone. The holiday, a mini version of Valentines Day held in October, seems to have its biggest fan following in the Midwest.
Given a reluctance to acknowledge Feb. 14 as a real holiday, my proposal for a second Valentines Day faces an uphill battle. But hear me out.
One of the holidays major weaknesses is the pressure that comes with having only one designated calendar day a year to mark your love. If youre in a relationship on Feb. 14, everythings cool. If youre single, youre stressed.
Widespread national acceptance of Sweetest Day -- or even White Day -- would make Valentines Day a little more palatable.
Plus, people in new relationships wouldnt have the pressure of messages like profess your love now or wait another 365 days.
Male readers, I know what youre thinking: This is Sonyas worst column ever. I cant believe shes actually suggesting I endure the pain and social judgment of Valentines Day twice.
Not so fast.
If we had something like White Day, guys, youd be guaranteed gifts in exchange for all the stress induced by arranging flower deliveries.
Its kind of growing on you, right?
I had a great Valentines Day. I celebrated the holiday without regarding it as the be-all, end-all of the relationship world.
But especially in matters of the heart, its always nice to have a chance for a do-over.
And maybe -- just maybe -- a second shot at Valentines Day would offer a conversation heart more consistent with your desired romantic dialogue.
Sonya Sorich, reporter, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-571-8516.