Though I didn’t have a valentine this year, chocolate was here and everywhere for me this Valentine’s Day.
After I was finished class this afternoon, I went to my campus mailbox to find a lovely bar of fair-trade chocolate I had ordered for myself last week. (I also received two Valentine’s Day cards and a birthday card from relatives. My birthday is less two weeks away!)
On my journey to Glar, more chocolate came into my possession. I bought a pussy pop–a chocolate lollipop shaped like a vagina–to benefit the Vagina Monologues and their One Billion Rising cause. Since the Vagina Monologues show was last weekend, the pussy pops were on sale for only a dollar! I also made sure I picked up some Hershey Kisses from the Writing Center table outside of Glar.
Dinner was when the real chocolate treats began. There was a huge buffet table with strawberries and pineapple for dipping in chocolate, cupcakes (in chocolate and vanilla), Rice Krispie treats (which were not chocolate but they were read), and chocolate-dipped almond cookies. The most enticing and delicious dessert, however, was a rich chocolate cake. It was moist, filled with chocolate ganache, and covered with chocolate shavings. It only took one piece to fill me up, so it was good that I decided to skip dinner!
I actually haven’t eaten any of the chocolate I picked up today at the post office or outside of Glar, but tonight, I indulged in some of the chocolate that I got in the mail from my mom on Tuesday.
Since my waistline can handle only so much chocolate in one day, I now have plenty of chocolate to indulge my sweet tooth for a long time!
When I was studying in Costa Rica last spring, I learned that Valentine’s Day is in many places viewed as a day to celebrate friendships rather than just romantic relationships. Last year, our host dad bought the three of us who were living in the house cute presents, and my Spanish teacher gave us all candy. While I am still totally excited to hang out with my boyfriend tonight and see what he made me for dinner, I’ve tried to also focus this year on showing the other people who I love how special they are to me.
In the Spanish house, we’ve been embracing the idea of Valentine’s Day as a holiday for friends by all hanging little paper bags on our doors. Each of us bought candy and secretly roams the house when no one seems to be around, delivering little chocolate bars to each person. It has been such a nice surprise this week to find a little treat in my bag every time I enter my room and to see how excited my housemates get when they find what I’ve given them.
Additionally, the Writing Center hosted an event today outside of our cafeteria to get everyone excited about Valentine’s Day. Armed with Hershey’s Kisses, themed mad-libs, and robot Valentine’s cards, we helped passersby to craft cute cards for friends and significant others. While some people grabbed the premade Valentines as they were rushing to class, others stayed and chatted with us. We helped them write corny pick-up lines and fill in fun mad-libs to give to someone later.
Sharing today with not only my man but also my housemates, coworkers and friends has made me feel so grateful for everyone in my life. If you haven’t already today, reach out to someone you love and tell them that they rule!
This semester, I’m trying to get involved with organizations that I haven’t been a part of before, since I’ve become less involved with organizations that I’ve been heavily involved in in the past.
Last night, I went to the first meeting of More Love Letters of the semester. It’s a brand new club on campus that started up late last semester, and I’m looking forward to being as involved with it as possible. More Love Letters is an organization that promotes writing love letters to people and identifies people who are in need of letters so that people can write letters to send to them. College campuses across the country have More Love Letters clubs, and I’m glad that we now have one at McDaniel. Last night, we wrote letters to some of the people that the More Love Letters website has listed as needing letters. We also wrote letters to hide around campus on Valentine’s Day for people to find, though we hope to distribute these sorts of letters throughout the school year. It’s going to be a fun semester with this club!
Tonight, I went to the first meeting of Active Minds of the semester. This club strives to promote good mental health on campus, which I think is an incredibly important cause. The club is relaunching itself after being inactive for a few years, so not a lot of people showed up to the first meeting. Hopefully, more people will come to next week’s meeting and the club will be able to flourish.
College is a great time and place to get involved in new clubs, particularly clubs that aren’t like the ones you were a part of in high school. A lot of the clubs I joined last year were very similar to the clubs I was very active in during high school, but I’m hoping to branch out this semester.