We're not about to make fun of all that. Ritual has its place, after all, and we'll be right behind you in line at Target come 4 p.m. February 14.
But whether you're blissfully involved or bitterly sitting out love for a while, one way to get through that cards-and-candy day is to unburden yourself of the past. Old indiscretions, unhealed wounds, last Thursday's hickeys - talk 'em out.
Got a sad or weird or hot story (or one that's all three) about meeting, getting with or having to go without someone special? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. No names necessary, privacy assured, all relationship stages encouraged. Especially if your story is funny.