Happy Valentine’s Day from Jewrotica!

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PG-13Are you a Valentine’s Day lover or hater? Jewrotica is joining forces with the One Billion Rising campaign in their fight against domestic violence and sexual abuse. Check in tomorrow for a post on OBR’s work and a less traditional Valentine’s Day story from one of our Jewrotica writers.

Today we asked our Jewrotica staff to share some of their thoughts on V-Day:

Question #1: What was your most memorable or most awkward Valentine’s Day?

Ayo Headshot UpdatedAyo: When I was in 6th grade and my older sister was in 8th grade at the same school, one of her friends walked through the halls wishing everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day and giving out Hershey’s Kisses. This was a tremendous treat, especially to a chocolate lover like me! But moments later, our chocolate saint was reprimanded for the mere mention of Valentine’s Day at our Orthodox Jewish day school. The 8th grader dutifully walked to the start of the hallway and took back each Hershey’s Kiss before mischievously returning each chocolate to its owner with a gleeful “Happy Wednesday! Happy Wednesday! Happy Wednesday!”

Tamar FoxTamar: I once got dumped the day after Valentine’s Day, which kind of soured me on the holiday at age 16. Fun fact: the same guy broke the news of my aunt’s death to me via facebook message. Because he is a dick (okay, fine, I might be a little bitter).

Larisa B.Larisa: The one and ONLY time was when I went out to dinner and it was laughable how many girls wore red and how many guys tried to swoon them in hopes of getting laid. So odd…

LimorLimor: My high school boyfriend took the amazing effort of asking my upstairs neighbor to use her window as a leverage and sent down a rose with a love letter… Sweetest thing! Can’t think of an awkward one.

Leora-Flax-PhotoLeora: I’ve always been a VDay hater. I used to get genuinely angry if a boy spent money on such a bullshit holiday…….until 3 years ago, when my boyfriend made it his personal goal to change my mind. I came home on Valentines Day to a dark apartment with a candle trail in my bedroom. On my bed, he had arranged 300 cupcakes (I worked for a bakery at the time) in the shape of a heart, with my nickname spelled out in the middle. Needless to say, we had a LOT of fun with icing that night, and I’ve loved Valentine’s Day ever since.

Karalyn DaneKaralyn: A guy I was dating in university showed up with a big box of Reese’s chocolate peanut butter hearts. I was so excited and happy. Having grown up Orthodox, I’d never celebrated V-Day before, and was always secretly jealous of people who had. He then took me to a bar, where, unbeknownst to me, he had told two other girls who had nothing to do on Valentine’s day that he would meet them there. I was furious and embarrassed both for me and them. Some romantic date. I walked out on him and needless to say, we broke up. That night.

team_davidDavid: As an always dutiful boyfriend, and despite the fact that I am not a Valentine’s Day person, I’ve had numerous memorable V-Days where I did the right thing for my significant other. This includes innumerable fancy meals, both home cooked and at nice restaurants, slogging through stormy weather to get just the right kind of roses, SO many flowers, you name it, I’ve done it. But the most memorable Valentine’s Day? Well, one of our employees had his birthday on Valentine’s Day. He was a good guy and we decided to have a birthday blowout for him at the office. It was memorable because I don’t actually remember much of what transpired given the amount of intoxicants we had consumed. All I remember is walking around with a Valentine pinned on my chest and telling each person I met “In honor of Valentine’s Day, I have a heart on for you!” True story.

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Founder and editor of Jewrotica, Ayo spent the past two years full-time RVing North America with her Jewish educational film program. Ayo alternates between intensely pursuing fun new experiences and equally intensely trying to do good by people. She would love to hear from you.