Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Bethany Helwig
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Will you be my Valentine? I heart you.

From the Editor


February 14, 2019

When I was initially preparing to write my editorial, I thought I might do something on the history of Valentine's Day considering the date this edition comes out. Upon further research, however, and learning about the less than sweet origins of the holiday (still debated by scholars apparently), I decided against it.

Not that I've had much fondness for the holiday myself. I'm far more likely to say "Happy Singles Awareness Day" than "be my Valentine" during the 14th. It's all well and good for those who truly want to do something for their special someone. However, there's a taste of bitterness that's come with the holiday, not only for those missing a plus one but even those in a relationship.

I'm sure you've heard about consumerism and the debates regarding it. If we're truly being honest, our country is obsessed with buying things and it's never so apparent than on holidays such as this one.

I'm not saying you're wrong or that I'm juding you if you give your significant other something lovely for the holiday. All I'm saying is it should be out of an act of love rather than a specific date telling you that you have to. Don't let all those perfume and jewelry ads fool you.

On that note, I should also mention that it's National Organ Donor Day. Let me tell you, stories of organ donors saving other people's lives have moved me far more than any Valentine's Day ad or box of chocolates ever could.

I can still clearly remember the story of the woman whose father was an organ donor. When he died, his heart went on to save another man's life. The daughter of the organ donor later walked down the aisle at her wedding arm in arm with the man bearing her father's heart.

There are many other touching stories of family members meeting the people saved by the generous souls of loved ones.

It's important to remember that love comes in so many more forms than rose bouquets and boxes of chocolate (although I've never been known to say no to chocolate).

What I'm trying to say—if I'm saying anything at all­—is summed up best by Hellen Keller: “The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.”


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