There is no better way to start the school day than to run into a couple in the midst of some spit swappage. When I am feeling the weight of lack of sleep, drudging up muck in my mind, the sight of two teenagers engaging in intense public displays of affection never ceases to jar me awake. With February here and Valentine's Day looming around the corner, we can all get ready to see more and more cooing and coddling in our school.
Yes, as we are all rushing around the school to our destinations, we can expect at one point to be forced to skid to a stop by the impressive impenetrable wall that is a couple holding hands. We must be mindful of the two lovebirds who, no doubt, have hearts flittering above their heads, gazing into the 24 millimetre deep sea that is the other’s eyes. They gaze lovingly at each other; we gaze uneasily at the ticking clock. It is no use trying to break through, because it is both terribly rude and impossible to separate them. By some strange force of nature, the hands of some couples have been welded together for most, if not all, of the time. Such is the only explanation we can give for the strange phenomenon of couples who always seem to have their hands stuck together.
But holding grimy, grubby hands is not always the preferred method for a couple to express their undying affections for each other. Yes, many students have noted that couples seem to enjoy hugs. A lot. When their fingers are not locked and glued together, one can find the couple locked in an embrace instead. You have the "by the locker" embrace, the "comforting" embrace, or the "apologetic" embrace. I have a particular favourite that I call the "clutch of death’. The well-meaning partner gives a big ol' bear hug, which somehow ends up looking like asphyxiation by anaconda instead. You are left wondering if it will literally be a case of 'til death do they part.
That is not to say regular single students cannot enjoy hugs, but couples have a special, almost strange affinity for the hug -- and they love to make it known. I would even dare say that they want to make it known. In the halls, in the cafeteria, or in the library, students are confronted with the sight of couples hugging, regardless of the fact that the halls were made as passageways, the cafeteria for eating, and the library for talk -I mean- studious reading and work. Of course, it is not the couple's fault that these facts are overlooked. Clearly, love has blinded them to the obvious, not to mention the eyebrow raises, eye rolling or uncomfortable shuffling of onlooking students.
It is one thing to be confronted with the sight of random, dare I say needless, hugs, and it is another to be assaulted with full on in-your-face kissing. Well, maybe not in your face, per se, but there are definitely people getting in each other's faces. I have never understood why couples feel the need to exchange kisses in the halls, one of the busiest places in the school during period transitions. I do not understand at all why couples kiss unabashedly at school. It would be naive to assume nobody is watching or that some unsuspecting person will not happen to stumble upon a couple kissing in the stairwell. Surely, no one would bother pausing while taking a bite of food to stare at the couple across from them lip-locking, right? It is not like couples are inadvertently forcing people to watch them when they make-out right in the middle of any area of the school, right? Other students totally want to see other people's private and physical moments, even the downright slobbery ones.
Cupid is sharpening his arrows and getting ready to pepper STM with more love, but, sadly, not in the form of red hot cinnamon hearts. If Valentine's Day is good for something besides thinning your wallet, it is making sure couples spread the love to everyone, or rather, show the love to everyone. Students can expect many more romantic moments to throw their daily routine off track, whether by encountering the Great Wall of Handholding Couples or having to watch what occasionally looks like face-eating. It will be a wonderful day for practicing reflexes, as some things should be better off blocked from view by hands.
PDA is on the rise fellow students and so is the feeling of awkwardness for those of us who witness it.