||As a child, I felt validated by Valentine's Day, since whenever it happened to fall on a school day, our teachers used to make the whole class make cards for everybody, so nobody else would feel left out. As it turns out, this was a terrible idea. While it did give an unwarranted boost to my self-esteem, it also made the harsh reality of the real world even more crushing when they stopped making us give cards to everybody. Only the cool kids and the popular girls got them. Bad news if you were the unlucky fool who didn't get a single card. Of course you could always resort to this method, if your desperation for attention outweighed your self-respect:
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