What Valentine’s Day Was Like As A Kid Versus What It’s Like Now

Like so many other holidays, Valentine’s Day is one of those days that loses its charm as you get older. As a kid, celebrating Valentine’s Day is relatively stress free. Everyone hands out cards to everyone, people give you a lot of candy for seemingly no reason, no one is in a serious relationship with the pressure to spend a lot on a great gift, and if your crush doesn’t like you back, you forget about it by the end of recess. These sticky things called “emotions” were much less messy back in elementary school.

Today, Valentine’s Day is literally full of stress. If you’re single, you feel sad and low-key embarrassed about being alone. If you’re in a relationship, you feel stressed about finding the perfect present for someone or you spend hours waiting for a dinner reservation at an overcrowded restaurant. If you’re in one of those are-we-dating-or-are-we-just-hooking-up relationships, you feel confused, worried, sad, and anxious. February 14 as an adult is kind of the worst! Why does puberty make everything so complicated? Let’s reminisce on the ease of Cupid’s holiday back when we were kids…

1. The countdown to Valentine’s Day

As a kid:

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You were way too busy playing to notice something like February 14 coming up. What’s the big deal, anyway?

Now:

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There’s less than a month left! Everyone has a significant other but you! Did your crush just give you a look? Do you think he’s interested?  Should you ask him out? What if you don’t find a date???

 

2. Giving out Valentines

As a kid:

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You were like Oprah of Valentines. You get a card! You get a card! You get a card! There was no discrimination. It was a free for all. Even teachers gave and received Valentines. Everyone wins!

Now:

gretchen you can't sit with us
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It’s a very, very selective process. You want to give Valentines to all of your friends, but that’s a lot of Valentines, and what about that guy you only talk to in algebra, and that girl you’ve only hung out with once? You don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, so you have to figure out when you’ll pass them out where the people you’re not giving them to won’t notice. And then there’s your crush. Will they think it’s weird? But wouldn’t it be weird if you didn’t give them a Valentine? Why is this so hard?

 

3. Finding the right Valentine for your crush

As a kid:

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Your crush got the exact same Valentine as everyone else in class, but you gave them a few extra candy hearts. Boom, done.

Now:

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It has to be just right. It has to look right, you have to write the right thing, you have to give it to them at the right time. You can’t just leave it on their desk and run away. Or can you? Maybe the secret admirer route is best…what what if they think it’s from someone else? Should you give it to them at the beginning of the day, or make them sweat and present it at the end? So many decisions!

 

4. Getting chocolate and candy

As a kid:

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Clearly the best part of Valentine’s Day. Sugar high, here you come.

Now:

ron eating candy
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Still probably the best part of Valentine’s Day, but you at least stop to take a breath in between all the Skittles and Hershey’s Kisses. You’re mature now.

 

5. Getting flowers

As a kid:

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What the heck did you want with flowers? Bring the candy!

Now:

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Yes, please! Flowers are so much more romantic than candy.

 

6. Finding a date for Valentine’s Day

As a kid:

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Date? What’s a date? Boys have cooties!

Now:

chandler desperate love
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You’ll find someone, right? And if you don’t, spending Valentine’s Day with friends is better anyway, right? Right?

 

7. Going on a date for Valentine’s Day

As a kid:

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You sat next to each other at lunch, then played on the swings together at recess. If you were really brave (or your friends double dog dared you) you might kiss your Valentine on the cheek and run away.

Now:

ken barbie movies date
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There’s so much more to consider than who will get the first turn going down the slide. Where will you go? What will you wear? Who will pay? What if it’s awkward? Will you kiss? Will there be a second date?

 

8. Being single on Valentine’s Day

As a kid:

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Seriously, nbd.

Now:

die alone
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Trust someone who has spent many adult Valentine’s Days alone – it’s not the end of the world. Host a Galentine’s Day, hang out with your friends, or just treat February 14 just like any other day, which it is!

 

9. Buying candy and chocolate on sale after it’s over

As a kid:

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You want it all.

Now:

elsa give it to me
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Still true.

 

10. The aftermath of Valentine’s Day

As a kid:

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Back to business as usual. Once the candy’s gone, who cares about Valentine’s Day?

Now:

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But, seriously though. Did you hear about that couple? Did you hear about that breakup? Did you hear about this scandal and that scandal? Do you have any leftover chocolate to share?

Are you a fan of Valentine’s Day or did you like it better as a kid? What did we forget to include? Let us know in the comments!

 

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