A Boys’-Eye View of Valentine’s Day
By Molly Brauch
Valentine’s Day may be the most controversial holiday of the year. Boys spend wads of cash to spoil their significant others. Girls spend ridiculous amounts of time swooning over the candy coated affections of boys everywhere. With its all-girl student body, Seton is a hormone-filled nightmare in mid-February. But of course, as students in the middle of this chaos, we understand how girls feel about this lovey-dovey pink mess. Still, the question remains: what do our neighbors over at Elder, or all boys, for that matter, think of Valentine’s Day? I interviewed eight boys, seven Elder students – freshmen Paxton Kelley and Liam Conway, sophomore Ben Carroll, juniors Steven Guy and Jake Humphrey, and seniors Jason Geis and Steve Maurer – and one from Colerain High School – sophomore Austin Simon – about Valentine’s Day, and their answers may shock you.
The first question on this Valentine’s Day Questionnaire was simple: Have you ever spent money on a Valentine’s Day gift for a girl? Geis, with spunk, said, “Of course, how do you think I’ve managed to keep the same girlfriend for three years?” More reserved Kelley replied, “No, I’ve never spent money for a Valentine’s Day gift for a girl, but I’m definitely willing.” Half of those interviewed had never bought Valentine’s Day presents for a girl. So girls, don’t be worried if your man doesn’t spend big bucks on your gift this year.
Next on the questionnaire was a question rooted in curious minds everywhere: What do you think girls think about Valentine’s Day? Conway seems to think that girls “think it’s way more important than it actually is,” while Simon, on the other hand thinks “they appreciate the thought of a guy doing something a little more special.” With age comes cynicism. This was evident in Maurer’s comment, “Valentines’ Day is a day about receiving gifts from your boyfriend. If girls don’t have a boyfriend, it’s a day for making fun of other girls who do have boyfriends while secretly wishing they had a boyfriend.”
“Is a card a good enough gift to give your special someone?” was the next question. The answers may give hope to the romantics. Carroll responded with a definite, “Of course not.” Kelley predicted, “If someone gives his special someone only a card, he is surely in for an interesting day.” Most others agreed, while Conway remarked, a card is only good enough “if it is hand written and you put effort into it.” Apparently, guys of all ages realize the tastelessness of Hallmark cards. “A handwritten card can be one of the best gifts to give, but I absolutely hate pre-written, store-bought cards. They are completely meaningless to me,” commented Geis.
When asked, “Do you think it’s important to know your girl’s favorite kind of candy?” Kelley noted, “You should know if she even likes candy.” Maurer explained that knowing her favorite candy for sure is “instantly better than guessing her favorite candy and then she has an allergic reaction to it and hates your guts.” Geis bragged, “I know every type of candy that my girlfriend likes so I can give her a variety,” and Humphrey laughably stated, “How else would you be able to watch a movie?”
Conway, when asked, “What is your spending limit for a Valentine’s Day gift?” answered sweetly, “I don’t think the amount of money you spend expresses your love.” The other guys, though, weren’t so sensitive. The answers varied from $20 to $150, with most guys averaging around $35-$40. Any ladies they’re spending Valentine’s Day with are pretty lucky, although Conway’s answer certainly would put him near the top of the favorites list for most high school girls.
“Do you prefer a romantic or a silly approach to Valentine’s Day?” was the next question. In an unofficial poll, most girls agreed that a mixture of both is the perfect Valentine’s Day solution. Unaware that his answer might make these high school girls swoon, Kelley answered, “I think I would use a little bit of both approaches.” Guy also agreed that both would be the answer. Disagreeing Maurer stated, “At our age, a silly approach is better.” When it comes to February 14, Simon advised to “just have fun and enjoy it.”
The seventh question asked whether or not the boys had ever received a Valentine’s Day present from a girl. It’s no secret that guys go out of their way to impress girls on this holiday, but just how often do girls reciprocate the gesture? “If you count candy grams from grade school teachers,” Carroll groaned, “then yes.” In agreement with Carroll, Maurer answered, “I used to receive cards and candy all the time in grade school.” While Guy shared that he indeed has received Valentine’s Day gifts. He was mum on what the gifts were. Geis did once receive a gift. He explained that he “got a stupid stuffed pink monster that sang Ke$ha songs.” The icing on this Valentine’s Day cupcake came in Humphrey’s answer, however: “I got a Hershey bar from my mom once.” All in all, it appeared that the boys interviewed had never received any significant gifts from their girls. Perhaps this year, in the Valentine’s Day revolution, girls should buy presents for their guys instead!
The eighth question is very important to curious girls everywhere: Would you like a girl to do something special for you on Valentine’s Day? While some of the guys’ answers were silly and innuendo-based, others were conservative. “I would like it if she planned to do something simple like watching a movie,” said Kelley. Simon and Carroll agreed. In a similar fashion, Humphrey commented, “No, I just want a movie at my house, definitely not a lavish dinner. Love doesn’t need to be shown if it’s mutually agreed between two people.” Guy said he wouldn’t want a girl to do anything special. “A home-cooked meal would be nice, but in my opinion, the responsibilities for making Valentine’s Day plans fall on the guy,” answered somewhat hopeful Geis. Maurer stated adorably, “Just spending time with her is fine by me.”
Finally, to the question, “What are your plans for this Valentine’s Day?” Conway and Kelley said that they didn’t have any special, romantic plans, or as Conway put it, “It’s a Friday, I guess no different from any other Friday night… alone.” Carroll and Maurer are both fleeing Cincinnati for a school sponsored trip to New York, both leaving on a 6:00am flight Friday. Humphrey plans to “probably watch American Horror Story on my couch while eating pizza.” Guy and his girlfriend will be “watching a movie,” and sophomore Austin Simon and his girl are just “going to chill.” “I am going to surprise my girlfriend,” responded Geis, but for her sake, I’ll leave his answer at that.
Valentine’s Day is a lovely holiday for couples everywhere, but even these eight high school boys could tell you that it’s nothing to get too worked up over. Lavish plans when you’re a high school student are almost impossible and at least a little bit ridiculous. While having a nice dinner with a bouquet of roses and some sparkling grape juice can be nice, it’s just as good to get together and watch a movie with your Valentine.