Valentine’s Day Traditions

Makenzie Gash / Staff Writer

Right now, this month is the so-called “season of love.” People either love it or hate it.

Valentine’s day is Feb. 14 and is a time to celebrate the love in one’s life, whether that’s a significant other or friends. Many do not celebrate the tiny holiday, despising the sappy love or hating the need to romanticize a normal day just like any other.

Curtis Black, a coach and study hall monitor at SMFHS, has a wife of two years. They do not usually celebrate with great events, but more with smaller gestures. Black usually starts the day early, with getting to school and teaching throughout the day, then coaching basketball practice.

Black tries to make the most of the time he has making his wife feel special.  His wife’s favorite meal is at Outback Steakhouse, so on his way home he treated her to takeout and chocolate and roses.

“It’s the little things that matter the most,” Black stated.

Senior Taniya Fuller chooses to spend her day with a rather fun tradition that’s been going on for seven years. She starts with going out to dinner and then to an arcade with her boyfriend. To keep it interesting, they play competitions of bowling and basketball. The loser has to buy dinner.

“We like to have more fun and laughs, not like other couples,” Fuller explained.

Another staff member, ceramics teacher Todd Abel, has been married for longer than he can count. He and his wife are high school sweethearts, they have never been too into big celebrations.

“I believe that small acts of kindness and good service go more than dinner and flowers,” Abel said.

Abel decided to bring out one of his hidden hobbies and provide a nice homemade dinner for his wife. He made a high-quality steak, twice-baked potatoes and asparagus with lemon butter. After all of the cooking, he will clean up the house.

“I value my wife every day but valentine’s day is just another day to express it,” Abel said.

People throughout the high school chose to celebrate Valentine’s Day in many different ways, and each was unique and special to them.


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