Author’s note: Sorry this post is a few weeks late! We’ve been crazy busy here at OF, but don’t worry, there’s more blog posts in store!

Love is in the air! …. Or maybe it’s allergies written by Liesel Lutz

February 14th is only a fateful week or two away! A time of roses, chocolate, and romantic evenings! Or if you’re me your romantic evening entails Pizza Hut, video games, and pjs. Not to mention the Black Panther release is on February 15th so we all know that’s really what everyone is talking about.

I ventured into a Target the other day, as a college student does, on a journey to buy ramen and milk when I was viciously attacked. There were stuffed bears holding hearts everywhere. It was beary scary. Like seriously, fur real. Bear puns aside, the only thing I can think of when I see Target dressed in more red and pink than usual are those elementary school gift exchanges that happened around Valentine’s Day.

I remember it vividly. The butterflies in my stomach, the runny nose because pollen is evil, and the cramp in my wrist from writing “love Liesel” on every tiny card, even the one to Nick who was a total mouth breather. Every kid had begged their parent to buy them the super big bag of expensive candy, but inevitably got those tiny powder hearts with cheesy saying like ‘I love you’ and ‘Be my friend’. The day came when everyone donned their cardboard shoebox in colored construction paper and hearts that the teacher cut out because you cut yourself with the scissors last time and the exchange began! Everyone got the exact same of amount of candy and everyone praised Katie’s mom who brought in actual chocolate.

Ah yes, those were the good ole days. Now I walk around campus and hear people talking about where their guy, gal, or nonbinary pal is taking them for a date. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes it’s really cute, but let’s remember our forever single friends and give them a little extra love this year. There’s no “Friends Day” on the National Calendar so let your friends know how much you really care about them, use this Valentine’s day to confess your “no homo” love to your homies. So, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go eat an entire bag of Hershey kisses, share a couple with friends, and catch up on the Marvel Universe.