Valentine’s Day for many means 24 hours jammed full of affection from those closest to them, but this year, some distance is required.
Last year, COVID became serious to many March 13. Lots of schools like Webster dismissed for Spring break and then stayed closed to finish out the school term. Based on this timeline many people’s last holiday spent with friends and family before quarantine would’ve been Valentine’s Day.
Almost a year since quarantine began and with Valentine’s day approaching quickly, this holiday season has some people feeling bittersweet.
“Sometimes waiting for things can make the end result even better. Once COVID is vanquished, we’ll appreciate even more every moment with extended family, friends, even classmates and teachers— everyone we didn’t get to interact with normally during the pandemic. I’m excited for that moment,” senior Sonia Bergfeld said.
Valentine’s Day is the holiday most well known for affection, whether it be physical affection or in the form of gift giving to show appreciation. With COVID still raging around the world, the way many celebrate the day will have to change drastically.
“I think Valentine’s Day is an important day for some people but not everyone, and anyone who doesn’t have a significant other to celebrate on that day shouldn’t feel bad or like they’re missing out compared to those who do,” senior Alex de Foy said.
Junior Jacey Van Leuven is a student whose birthday happens to coincide with Valentine’s Day. When asked
about how she felt about her birthday and the holiday being the same she said, “Having a birthday on a holiday is the same as having your birthday on any other day, except it’s more stressful because you have to adjust your plans because your friends might be busy.”
Aside from Valentine’s Day being the last official holiday celebrated by many, birthdays between Jan. 1, and March 13, were some of the last birthdays celebrated before states went into lockdown, and birthdays were celebrated alone inside homes or over Zoom.
“It felt super weird because I usually hate my birthday and don’t like celebrating it. So the one time I do, it ends up being one of the last times I get to hangout with friends. I guess I got lucky,” junior Elsa Surfas said.
“My birthday was the last ‘normal’ day— at least in the U.S. It was the last day we attended regular school. It makes that day even more memorable, knowing I went out and celebrated without wearing a mask for the last time in over 10 months,” Bergfeld said.
This is Zeke La Mantia’s second year on with Echo publications. He has earned multiple awards for his photographic contributions.
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