The campus was filled with posters, beckoning people to buy roses and all the other stuff for their loved ones. Some girls were carrying flowers; some of them quite giggly and blushing away. This kind of mushy stuff used to make me go 'awwww' once upon a time. Not any more. So, after my classes, I decided to get a cup of tea and get some work done, before attending my group meeting later in the evening.
I sat in the cafeteria, with my tea and books for company. I tried to look at the text in my corporate law textbook, but my mind kept wandering to the quiz in accounting theory that I had taken a little while earlier. Unable to concentrate, I finally fished out my copy of William Dalrymple's From the Holy Mountain (which I'm still reading!). I was so engrossed, I didn't notice two people approaching me. When they said hello, I nearly jumped. They sheepishly apologized for scaring me, and went on to introduce themselves- two fellow college mates, from another faculty, they were part of a faith group on campus. One of them was a girl and she explained to me that today being Valentines' Day, they were just spreading God's love. I had no idea what it was all about, but before I could question further, she handed me a paper rose, beautifully crafted. And she said, 'This is just to remind you that no matter what, God always loves you'. We exchanged a few pleasantries, and after they left, I was touched. This V Day, my feelings have changed- from suspicion to admiration to pure joy! :)