Posts Tagged ‘love’

Affection out of obligation

February 14, 2011 Comments off

Photo by Karen Rodriguez

By Lauren Robinson, Staff Writer

Roses are red; violets are blue; I like you; I hope you like me too!

I’m pretty sure that each one of us has read a love note sometime during our early childhood that was from a secret admirer. Elementary school marks the beginning of when we learned to love out of obligation. Your teacher tells you that Valentine’s Day is next week. You then turn right around and tell your mom that you have to go to the grocery store to buy candy for your class. You’re not exactly sure why you feel like you have to do this, but you go along with it. I mean, after all, it is normal right?

This romantic holiday has a questionable story line. There is no actual account of when and why this holiday came to be. There are legends, versions and accounts but none are concrete. St. Valentine was said to be a Roman martyr for whom this holiday is celebrated. He was rumored to have been executed on February 14th sometime around 260 A.D.

My next question would definitely raise the issue of why this “holiday” has become the 4th highest day in sales throughout the year.Around 189 million roses are sold on Valentine’s Day versus the 1.2 million that are sold any other time of the year. Why now? What makes Valentine’s Day so much more important than any other 364 days of the year? Why do people not take the time to love those they care about all year long?

If you are going to give a gift or show appreciation, make it worth your while. Don’t buy a diamond pendant necklace from the jeweler that is running commercials the week before. Every other guy is going to run to the mall and purchase the same piece.

Ladies, when he gives it to you, he’s going to say that he loves you, but should that mean anything to you?

I mean, everyone else is doing it too. But hey, if you like it, I love it. I just believe that demonstrating practical gestures towards those you love continuously is more genuine.

For those that choose to pay, here are a few facts on purchasing those oh-so-wonderful gifts on Valentine’s Day.

Red roses are the most expensive. Growers know what time of year it is and definitely inflate the prices. For what you pay, you could purchase seeds and grow a rose bush throughout the year.

I mean, this would at least symbolize a love that grows and not a love that is only present on February 14, as well as give a good return on your money.

Let’s be honest here, the average person spends about $80.00 for the holiday. You might as well invest in something that’s going to live longer than 14 days.

If you choose to spend a lump sum and shake out your piggy bank for Valentine’s Day be my guest, and do it next week.

Remember, corporate America thanks you generously for your contribution. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Future globe trekker

November 15, 2010 Comments off

By Christelle Vereb, Staff Writer

Blaschke would like to travel to Italy, Australia and Bali, India. Photo by Skye Butler

A native of Athens, freshman Molly Blaschke chose to come to Young Harris College because of the number of students in classes and because of the beautiful campus.

Though an undecided on her major, Blaschke hopes to decide the occupation she desires to pursue in the coming months.

“I want to live in New York City for a couple of years. I also want to be successful; and therefore, I know I am going to need a decent job.”

Blaschke would also like to travel to Italy, Australia and Bali, India.

“The Movie Eat, Pray, Love has inspired me to want to re-invent myself through traveling and understanding other cultures,” Blaschke said.

Blaschke is involved with numerous activities on campus such as Bible study and Third World First.

Along with being involved in these activities, Blaschke is also eager for the return of basketball on campus.

Blaschke said, “I also cannot wait for basketball season to begin.”

When she is not doing school work or participating in campus activities, Blaschke can be found shopping, having fun with friends or catching up with old friends on Facebook.

“I love my friends. We spend lots of time together, and I also love my roommate, Erica Brooks. She is my alarm clock,” joked Blaschke.

Born on December 6, 1991, Blaschke cites her most interesting memory as a day she ended up in the hospital from playing in a fountain.

“Last spring break, a friend and I decided to go spend the day in Madison. The day was so pretty and we were having a great time. Then I saw a fountain that I decided I wanted to walk in,” Blaschke said. “I got in and started walking without paying attention. I ended up stepping on broken glass. It was horrible! I walked out saying it hurt; [but] my friend thought I was joking, until he saw blood spewing from my foot. A woman passing by used her son’s polo to tie around my foot to stop the bleeding. Then I had to go to the hospital for it. It was a most interesting day.”

Despite this minor setback Blaschke continues to have aspirations of being a successful woman. As motivation, she remembers a quote by Benjamin Franklin.

“Do the best with what you have and where you are.”


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