The date’s been circled in red, highlighted and memorized.
It’s that time of year when the planning begins, the shopping continues and the flowers are bought.
Whether it’s an extravagant night out in the city or a quiet dinner for two, couples are gearing up to spend their first Valentine’s Day with their significant others.
Mutual friends introduced junior Matt Waldron and sophomore Candice Schucker, who were acquaintances through the Temple University Diamond Band.
The introduction marked the beginning of a yearlong friendship that has recently taken the next step.
Waldron and Schucker started dating a little over a month ago and are now planning to spend their first Valentine’s Day together.
Between Waldron, an elementary education major, and Schucker, an athletic training major, the two run into some time restraints.
However, they make it a point to see each other every day.
“Even if we just meet to get some dinner or we’re both in our rooms and decide to meet up, we try and hang out for a couple hours every day,” Waldron explained.
This Valentine’s Day the couple just plans to spend some quiet time with each other.
“I like doing thoughtful little things that the ladies like, maybe showing up and giving her a flower,” Waldron said as he rested his hand over Schucker’s knee.
Although he does believe the holiday is commercialized and a means of making more money, Waldron confesses to buying into Valentine’s Day.
Schucker agreed: “It’s just another day, but I’d be upset if he didn’t do anything for Valentine’s Day.”
However, Schucker said she doesn’t expect something big and extravagant.
“Whatever happens, happens,” she commented nonchalantly.
After 10-and-a-half months, the romance is far from gone between sophomore Sarah Baker and junior Tom Fleischer.
“Our relationship is a lot different from when we started out,” Fleischer said. “Over the summer we became much better friends, now our relationship is much stronger,”
Baker and Fleischer also make it a point to see each other every day, whether it is to cook dinner together, catch a movie, or run some errands.
This Friday will be the first Valentine’s Day the couple will spend together and the planning has already begun.
“I have always liked the holiday, even though this is the first time I’ll spend it with a boyfriend,” Baker said.
“I love the tacky decorations, making gifts and in the past, going out to dinner with the girls.”
Fleischer, however, disagreed with his girlfriend.
“I usually don’t like the holiday, but it’s okay. I don’t like having a set Hallmark Day to say you love someone, but I like it because she likes it,” Fleischer said.
Fleischer also said that he’d rather give random presents or make thoughtful gestures without having a reason.
For this Valentine’s Day the couple decided to play a guessing game, agreeing to go to dinner, but nothing else.
They both have plans for each other, whether it’s making gifts, buying flowers or something else.
“I have a few things up my sleeve, but I’m expecting a big present too. Big and pink too!” Fleischer joked as he cuddled with Baker.
Whether or not Feb. 14 is needed to allow couples to profess their love for one another, this Valentine’s Day these two Temple couples are going to spend time with each other and enjoy each other’s presence.
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