How do you say “I love you?” The Telegraph Teen Board counts the ways

February 10, 2014 

As Valentine’s Day quickly approaches, many are wondering what gifts they will give or receive. Some are standing in store aisles pondering Ghirardelli, Dove or Godiva chocolates. Others are contemplating jewelry, flowers or dinner.

Are these traditional presents too cliché?

The Telegraph Teen Board set out to find what great expectations young people have for this Valentine’s Day.

Whether in a serious relationship or single, it seems many have already planned their own version of a perfect Valentine’s Day.

Westfield School senior Avoly Pinckney and her boyfriend are celebrating their two-year anniversary close to Valentine’s Day.

“Instead of getting two different gifts, we both decided to get each other one nice gift and go to a nice dinner,” Pinkney said. “I’ve hinted at a certain pair of RayBans.”

Her senior classmate Tyler Moreland plans more than dinner for two.

“For Valentine’s Day, I’m going to eat with all of my single friends. We are all going to do a gift exchange because we’re forever alone,” Moreland said.

For Paul Young, a senior at First Presbyterian Day School, giving is receiving.

“I am expecting to get a nice night out with my girlfriend,” Young said. “I plan to give her flowers and a nice dinner at her favorite restaurant.”

Robyn Martin, an FPD junior, expects to be treated like a princess, complete with flowers and a teddy bear.

She likes a man with a plan for Valentine’s Day, not someone without a clue on how to celebrate. Her boyfriend will be receiving her love and chocolate.

FPD sophomore Zack Carter’s mind will be focused on the diamond on Valentine’s Day. He has a baseball game, but expects his sweetheart will be in the stands. If he doesn’t plan something more, he knows it could be game over in the field of romance. He also will be pitching a teddy bear and candy to his girlfriend.

Elizabeth O’dell, a freshman at Central High School, also plans to hit one out of the park with her boyfriend’s gift.

“I am going to give him some candy and a cute, baseball-themed basket,” O’dell said. “As for my friends, I am probably going to give them candy and chocolate.”

She says she expects a thoughtful gift, but it doesn’t have to be extravagant.

“I am not expecting much,” she said. “At least something sentimental.”

O’dell thinks people should express their feelings for one another every day, not just Feb. 14.

Central senior Landon Burchfield believes Valentine’s Day should be spent with those you love or really care about. He is sticking his neck out with a tall order for his girlfriend.

“I am going to give her a big, stuffed giraffe,” Burchfield said.

What does he expect in return?

“Nothing much,” he said with a laugh. “Probably just a kiss, I guess.”

Northside High School senior Hunter Craft thinks it is unfair that guys are always expected to buy presents.

“Things are expensive and you’re expected to top last year,” Craft said. “I would write a poem because it’s free.”

He is also thinking about buying three roses, a teddy bear and Whitman’s chocolates.

Brittany Haynes, also a senior at Northside, wants to ask her friends to hang out together on Valentine’s Day.

“I expect a cupcake from my little cousin, and I have to eat it,” said Haynes, who also expects candy from her dad.

Maddie Frank, a junior at Central, is not expecting to see her significant other, but will hangout with a friend.

“Well, I am not expecting much. The family tradition of a small Valentine’s Day present,” Frank said. “Other than the traditional love, I give cards and little boxes of chocolates.”

Central sophomore Derrick Evans plans to buy gifts for the two women in his life.

“I plan to give kisses and candy and cards to my girlfriend and mama,” he said. “I really don’t expect much from anyone but my girlfriend. Sometimes my mom gets me stuff like candy and cards.”

The way to Josh Russell’s heart is through his stomach. The Mount de Sales Academy sophomore wants a gift he can really sink his teeth into.

“I am expecting a sandwich. I don’t care what kind, or from who,” Russell said. “I just really want a sandwich.”

But the giver won’t have to live on bread alone, he said.

“I’ll give whoever gives me a sandwich whatever they want.”

Zhaniesha Burnette is not giving valentines this year, but that doesn’t mean the Central junior wouldn’t like one for herself.

“I’m just going to work on getting my love life together,” she said. “Hope I get something!”

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