Valentine's Day: Victim or victory

By Izzy Anderson - Staff Reporter

Valentine's Day can be the best or the worst day of the year, some Highline students say.

For some, the day just didn't work out the way they planned. 

"In 2011, my freshman year, I was singing and performing in a talent show," said student Seth Davis.

"I wanted to sing to a girl in the audience that I always had a crush on," he said.

"I was nervous, I was walking up the stairs to her and asked her to be my Valentine. Her eyes got so big and her face got red, she was blushing really hard," Davis said.

"I kept singing to her and asked again, and she nodded her head. 

"The next day was Valentine's day, I came to school with a big teddy bear, some Twix and a chocolate rose, a really big card, and a homemade red velvet cake with raspberries on top," Davis said.

"I put all this stuff on her desk and left it for her. Throughout the day she was dodging me.

"Well, the day after Valentine's Day, I found out through a friend that my Valentine had about seven other valentines that she said yes to. I was definitely mad," Davis said.

Sometimes it's not the fault of the Valentine.

"The worst Valentine's Day happened when she got bit by a centipede out in Hawaii," said one anonymous student.

"We spent the whole Valentine's Day in the hospital and stuff.  It was crazy."

But sometimes things work out just fine.

 "It happened a couple of years ago, when Valentine's Day was on the weekend," said Highline student Rachel Ramirez. 

"I was at home, I had a bad cold and was resting up and eating breakfast," she said.

"Then doorbell rang. I couldn't remember anybody saying they were coming over. I was in my pajamas so I tidied up and answered the door, it was my crush. 

"I was all red in the face, I'd been friends with him for about a year or two, and we weren't even at the point where we were dating. We were just good friends," Ramirez said.

"He was asking if I was OK because I'd texted him yesterday saying I had a cold. I said 'yeah, I'm doing OK.' From behind him, he pulls out a heart-shaped box of chocolates and gives them to me. 

"We don't really talk anymore, but that was one of the best Valentine's Days I've ever had."

Positive surprises always are welcome, students say.

"We watched a movie and went to Red Robin afterwards, then we went into his car," said Carrie Lyn Ramos.

"I opened the door and his car was all decorated with flowers, candy, a bear, necklaces and bracelets. 

"He and his sister had planned everything the whole week before, she decorated the inside while we were out. That was probably my favorite Valentine's Day."

Some students said their best memories of the day didn't even involve dates.

"I actually have never been in a relationship before, but about two years ago me and my friends did a Galentine's Day, said student Emily Huyah.

"We started exchanging little cards and stuff. … We said 'yeah, let's get together and have a sleepover.' It's pretty much our tradition now," she said.

"It was me and two of my closest friends, we went out to Olive Garden and just had a girl's night out," said  Highline student Hasini Karunanayake. 

"It was really fun, because one of my friends is on a mission trip right now, so we don't know when we'll get to do it again. It was really memorable."

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