Valentine’s Day means different things to different people. Some anticipate the romantic night with their bae, while others sit at home alone, drinking wine, watching rom-coms, and pretending the holiday is just a regular ol’ day.
One thing we all have in common is that we were essentially forced to celebrate Valentine’s back in elementary school. Classmates, parents, and teachers brought candy and cards to school so no man would be left behind.
Elementary school students at Bradt Primary School in Rotterdam, N.Y. were so in the V-Day spirit, they gave more than 600 cards to veterans for the Valentine’s for Vets program.
Nowadays, if you don’t have a Valentine, it could feel like you don’t exist for that entire 24 hours. But for nostalgia purposes, think back to the days when it was more about getting candy than getting cute for your romantic dinner date.
Here’s some reasons Valentine’s Day was way cooler in elementary school.
We were all in it together! Every kid left school with a bag full of candy and a happy heart.
The V-Day cards were more creative and not so generic.
The adults did all the work. All the kids had to do was show up with a sweet tooth.
The risk of getting your heart broken by a crush was highly unlikely. Even if you did have a crush, you were over it by the end of the week.
Getting a box of chocolates and candy from your mom and dad was more exciting than depressing. More candy!
Expectations for Valentine’s Day were low in general.
Valentine’s Day was one of the rare times to be excited about going to school.
Love wasn’t complicated.
It’s inexpensive. It was more about creativity than the cost.
You were oblivious to the fact that it may be the greatest Valentine’s Day you’ll have in years.