Imagine Valentine’s Day has been banned in your country. Write a letter to the powers that be explaining why it should be reinstated.
To whom it may concern,
I choose to believe that you prohibited Valentine’s Day celebrations with good intentions; that you thought by doing so, you’d be saving the youth with lustful surges from self-destruction. As it is known that condoms run out of stock even before the day, it seems it was the one day where premarital and extramarital sex were ‘allowed’ and openly indulged. You must have been alarmed for your children. So you decided to be a parent for us all.
But in doing so, you did more harm than good. You see, canceling the celebration of the day doesn’t stop a minor from finding a partner to ‘celebrate’ their love. Instead, you deprive couples who have endured so much together and need this open opportunity to appreciate each other and express their love in a brightly colored way from doing so. For any one couple misbehaving on that day, I believe there are dozens who are being responsible with their celebrations. Why rob them of the chance to share love on account of the unscrupulous few?
You might argue that one doesn’t need a day like Valentine’s to show your partner or a loved one how much you care. I agree, love should be given and received routinely but you know life gets in the way sometimes and we tend to forget to appreciate the people in our lives. So such an occasion serves as an opportune reminder to put everything on hold, turn toward your loved ones and share something sweet.
Besides, haven’t you realized how the general mood changes in February? The anticipated Val’s day takes a romantic toll on people and activities. People trade more, communicate better and are generally in a cheerful mood. Wouldn’t you want your people to be in such a good mood for a whole month? When they are that cheerful, they are less critical which means you have some days off from the pressure of your work to build this country.
How I wish every month represented something to be celebrated. Some months are already taken:
January for New Year resolutions, February for Valentine, April for Easter, May for Mothers, June for Fathers, November for Thanksgiving, and December for Christmas.
I hope you would reflect how public celebrations positively impact the lives of people. If you really want what is best for the people that elected you into power, you would let them have this day to celebrate.
The day might have a brutal history but what matters is what it means to people of today. Not everyone sees its relevance and that’s okay. For those abusing the celebrations, I’m sure their cup will get full soon. But for the many others who need this day so their significant others would have no excuse to neglect their ‘emotional’ duties, kindly reconsider your position and lift the ban.
I believe such public celebrations make a happy people and in the long run, a progressive country. Hope my plea would be met with your favorable consideration.
From a love believer,
© Josephine Amoako 2017
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