Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

February 13, 2012

Don’t fall back on greeting cards

VALDOSTA — From the end of January through the first weeks of February, it becomes impossible to ignore the onslaught of marketing directed at couples, telling them what they need to make Valentine’s Day happy. Cards, flowers, special teddy bears — the message seems to be that love for another person equals buying lots of stuff.

While it is admirable to show appreciation for someone else through a nice gift, in some ways that is the cheap way out. In the hurry-up modern world where husbands and wives both work and sometimes become virtual strangers at home, a Hallmark card pulled off a rack as an afterthought might not be the best way to show love.

So what is the best way to express your true feelings on Valentine’s Day? One good way might be through the gift of time.

Think about the recent Father-Daughter Valentine Dance. Thousands of fathers dressed up and took their equally decked-out daughters to the Conference Center for a festive evening of fun. It wasn’t so much the music or the fancy dresses that made these evenings special. Individual dads showed their little girls how special they are by setting aside time to spend with them.

It’s a sad commentary on our society that technology and material goods tend to devalue the individual.

Communicating through emails or cell phones makes it easier to get in touch with another person, but what kind of connection is being made? Nothing says you love someone better than sitting down with them face to face and talking. Unfortunately, that simple act is harder than ever because of job demands and because of the nature of our technology.

Valentine’s Day, while not a true holiday, remains special because of how it is traditionally linked to romantic love. Wouldn’t it be more loving today to greet and spend time with a loved one instead of falling back on a greeting card to do the work?

Text Only
What We Think
  • Meet the artist

    His prints are innovative, energetic, colorful, insightful.

    April 24, 2014

  • Program works to make men

    The idea is to change patterns.

    April 23, 2014

  • Missing persons: Fill in the blanks

    Missing persons cases are tough. They are tough because they are vague.

    April 20, 2014

  • He is Risen

    Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they and certain other women with them came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared.

    April 19, 2014

  • Thumbs up

    THUMBS UP: To Carol Mikkelsen. Valdosta State University Opera’s “Dido and Aeneas” marks the last production before Mikkelsen’s retirement
    after 44 years with Valdosta State and the creation of the opera program. She plans to continue
    working with VSU part-time, but this weekend’s performance marks her last full-time participation with the opera productions. Ovations all around for her work.

    April 18, 2014

  • Feed the hungry, adopt a duck

    If you haven’t already adopted a duck, you have a little more than a week to do so.

    April 17, 2014

  • If I were mayor

    Each year, the City of Valdosta holds an essay contest, “If I Were Mayor,” with students in the area writing their ideas about what they would do as the head of the city.

    April 16, 2014

  • The real lessons of a mock drill

    Valdosta High School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions held a powerful mock demonstration Monday morning on the school’s campus.

    April 14, 2014

  • Kudos to VPD

    Followed by a stellar report on Sunday about the drop in the crime rate in the City of Valdosta, city police officers prove their worth once again by arresting a dangerous fugitive in our community.

    April 13, 2014

  • It just plain stinks

    After every rain event, the pungent smell of sewage can be detected around the rivers and streams of south Georgia, and Florida residents brace for more to float their way.

    April 13, 2014

Top News

Given the amount of rain recently, what's your favorite “rain” song?

Singing in the Rain
Purple Rain
Have You Ever Seen the Rain?
November Rain
Rainy Night in Georgia
     View Results