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Single Awareness Day

Did you all make it through, “Single Awareness Day”? valentines-day-i-hate-it_o_1129298

Ya know, Valentine’s Day. This year I just ignored the entire day — except for getting “Love” gifts for my grands.

I didn’t wear red as in previous years; I didn’t have anxiety the week before; and I gave it no notice whatsoever.

The most thought I gave to it was when walking by the security station at my work’s front door and saw all the flower deliveries.  To myself I said, “huh.”

In year’s past, I’ve dreaded it.  If you are in a couple, you have such a different view. Most of my friends are either married or in long-term relationships. In fact, one just received a ring and proposal for marriage. I never thought I’d be single in my 50s, but there you go.

— Namaste



By Debra Happe

Debra Happe is a writer and marketing professional based in Des Moines, Iowa. Debra does business, magazine, and freelance copywriting work. Specialties include science-based, environmental, and technological. Connect on LinkedIn for professional inquiries.

One reply on “Single Awareness Day”

I’ve never celebrated the day except in grade school where everyone had to buy “Valentine’s Day” cards for everyone, like candy for Halloween. This last time, I sent a couple of personal Valentine “sketches” to four friends. Two of them were old lovers. In a way I miss them and in another way, I feel perfectly fine being single and not having to worry about them or myself. Funny, how love, something you would think would be a natural coexistence, is so fraught with expectations.


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