Change of Heart
Friday, January 15, 2010 - 02:13 PM
Have you noticed how the rituals of Valentine's Day seem to be designed for children? The red hearts, the overload of candy, and that weird baby Cupid. It's all so bizarre, and may I say -- nauseating?
We here at Studio 360 think the so-called holiday is due for a serious redesign. And we need your help.
On this week's show, Kurt and design writer Alissa Walker explained why:
This is an initiative I can get behind.
I've never been a fan of V Day, but I decided to give it a shot last year. I was newlywed, so I figured: if not now, when?
I wanted a gift that was grown-up, but not too earnest. Modest, but not drugstore cheesy. So I arranged for my husband and me to take a tennis lesson together.
But about 10 minutes in, I realized this instructor wasn't going to foster the loving-yet-sporting atmosphere I'd envisioned. Instead, she pitted us against one another. Then I made the mistake of telling her this was my Valentine's Day gift to my husband, so she snarked about that for the rest of the hour. By the end of the lesson, an over-priced and mediocre prix fixe dinner was actually looking good.
I know we can do better to reinvent this horrid holiday. Now's your chance to do your part to stop the flood of ugly cards and half-dead roses.
- Cary Barbor