Sunday, February 13, 2011

Valentine's Day

Yesterday I woke up later than usual and kicked back all day watching all the dramas and fun shows on TV. But since today is Sunday, I woke up way early for church and  my first thought was, “Wow, Valentine’s Day is tomorrow!”
Is Valentine’s Day a fun day for you guys? Maybe for some and maybe not really for others. As I have mentioned before, this day has not been an interesting day for me for many years. Very sad. But the point is that I was surprised about one thing here in America. I found out that Americans celebrate Valentine’s Day in a different way than in my country. People here give each other chocolate for Valentine’s Day. However, Girls, in Korea, give guys chocolate on Valentine’s Day, and guys give girls candies on March 14th called White Day.
I honestly don’t know where these “days” come from, but it’s fun to have such days. Good to share sweets with people we care about, and also good for the candy sellers. Sweets give us joy, right? Well, at least to me :)
I didn't used to celebrate Valentine’s Day because I thought these were all sales gimmicks. I still believe so, but I no longer dislike this tradition because of one event that happened to me on Valentine’s Day several years ago.
When I was in high school, I was walking on the street after school on my way home. On the way, I went into a bakery near my house with friends and saw one girl buying a tiny piece of chocolate. I didn’t care about her until I was paying for my bread, but then I heard something from her. She was wrapping up the chocolate on the chair. When I finished paying I went to her and asked her whom she’d be giving it to. I don’t know why I did that. She said it was for her little brother for Valentine’s Day, so my friend asked why she bought one little tiny piece instead of a bigger one. We don’t know why we asked such questions at that time. She said that her brother was dying, and she wanted to get a big piece for him since chocolate was his favorite, but she didn’t have enough money to buy a bigger one than the one she had bought. My friend and I felt very sorry and regretful about asking such questions. She and I went back into the bakery, got a big piece of chocolate and some bread, and gave them to her. She almost cried, and she kept thanking us.
I still don’t know why I went to her and asked such questions, but I am so glad I did it and that a piece of chocolate made somebody happy. Valentine’s Day is still not my favorite day to celebrate, but always reminds me of this time.
Hope you all have a happy Valentine’s Day tomorrow!

After all, tomorrow is another day, Brianna


  1. what a beautiful story! i love it! happy valentine's day Brianna! :))

  2. Thank you. Hope you had a happy valentine's day!