News / USA

Americans Prepare to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

China says Freddy makes her feel like a princess all of the time.
China says Freddy makes her feel like a princess all of the time.

Multimedia

Audio

February 14 is Valentine’s Day in the United States, a special time set aside for lovers and spouses to say, "I love you,"  often with flowers, chocolates and a romantic meal. And while love is universal, just what makes any one of us of feel cherished can be highly personal.

Even in the icy depths of a New York winter, love continues to burn hot and glow deep for China and Freddy, who are at the  Marriage Bureau waiting to get the license to say, "I do."

"He makes me feel like a princess all the time," says China with a grin. "He is the boy of my dreams."

Freddy looks into China’s eyes. "She is my best friend, my psychiatrist and my lover, all in one. I can talk to her about anything."  

A young man named Leon says he feels loved when he and his wife can remain respectful even when they disagree. "She won’t leave during an argument, or on bad terms. We always work it out. She sticks with me through thick and thin."

Aarwin and Geneva feel they complement each other.
Aarwin and Geneva feel they complement each other.

Geneva is attracted by her fiancé’s character. "He’s just very patient with me, and that’s what I’m really grateful for. I can be really ‘Type A’ [driven] personality. I think I picked the right person to marry."

For his part, Aarwin appreciates Geneva’s acts of kindness. "It kind of makes me a little more caring, making me more thoughtful about people."    

Aarwin adds that the little things also make a big difference. "I don’t know how to iron that well and so every morning, even though she could be late for work, she takes her time and irons the shirts for me."  Aarwin gets special pleasure from the fact that the shirt is still warm when he puts it on.

Hasson and Nicole show off their wedding rings.
Hasson and Nicole show off their wedding rings.

For Hasson and Nicole, it’s also everyday kindness that makes them feel warmest. "She cooks for me, she feeds my dogs when I’m not there, and she knows how to pick my clothes better than I do." He laces his hand in hers. "It’s an assortment of things."

It is the train ride into the city today that is uppermost in Nicole’s mind. "I was tired and I was laying my head on his shoulder, and all of a sudden he just came over kissed me on my lips. That was sweet. He’s always caring. He’s there for the kids. He makes me feel appreciated. He always tells me, ‘Thank you, baby.’" 

Tyrene's fiancé, Calien (left), does special things that can make any day feel like Valentine’s Day.
Tyrene's fiancé, Calien (left), does special things that can make any day feel like Valentine’s Day.

Tyrene's fiancé, Calien, does things that can make any day feel like Valentine’s Day. "He buys me flowers randomly and he gives me foot massages."

Calien says she often returns the gesture, giving him neck rubs, along with a nice warm dinner when he comes home tired.  

A combination of nurturing and good-natured teasing keeps Ty and Elena in the love game.  

"He brings me coffee in the morning to my bed," Elena says. "I wake up with his kisses and the coffee." She also likes to imitate him when he’s impatient.

"She does a fantastic job," admits Ty with a laugh, adding with a happy shrug, "She makes me feel young at heart, and I’m just in love with her." 

Just married! Ty and Elena kiss minutes after saying their vows. He is holding their wedding license.
Just married! Ty and Elena kiss minutes after saying their vows. He is holding their wedding license.

For Magnus and Monica, who are visiting New York from Denmark, love shines bright when the heart feels heavy. "Sometimes if I feel a bit sad, Magnus will come into the room and put on a special song and does a little dance and a little mime. That really makes me happy always”"

Magnus says that Monica also cheers him with little dances, but she also employs other powerfully effective - if less athletic – methods. "Every time she just looks at me with her big beautiful eyes and I am just like in heaven."

Heartfelt kisses ensue.

You May Like

Obama: I Will Do 'Everything I Can' to Close Guantanamo

US president says prison continues 'to inspire jihadists and extremists around the world' More

Sierra Leone Educates on Safe Ebola Burials

Also, country is improving at rapid response to isolated outbreaks, but health workers need to be even faster, officials say More

Christmas Gains Popularity in Vietnam

Increasingly wealthy Vietnamese embrace holiday due to its non-religious glamor, commercial appeal More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
US Decision on Cuba Underscores Divisions Among Miami Cubansi
X
Sharon Behn
December 19, 2014 9:34 PM
For decades, older, more conservative Cubans have been gathering at Café Versailles on the corner of Calle Ocho to eat Cuban food and talk politics. After hearing of President Barack Obama’s decision, a number of them gathered in front of the café with posters to protest. VOA's Sharon Behn reports on the situation.
Video

Video US Decision on Cuba Underscores Divisions Among Miami Cubans

For decades, older, more conservative Cubans have been gathering at Café Versailles on the corner of Calle Ocho to eat Cuban food and talk politics. After hearing of President Barack Obama’s decision, a number of them gathered in front of the café with posters to protest. VOA's Sharon Behn reports on the situation.
Video

Video Three Cities Bid for Future Obama Presidential Library

President Barack Obama still has two years left in his term in office, but the effort to establish his post-presidential library is already underway. The bid for the Obama Presidential Library is down to four locations in three states -- New York, Hawaii, and Illinois. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, each of them played an important part in the president’s life before he reached the White House.
Video

Video Cuba Deal is Major Victory for Pope’s Diplomatic Initiatives

Pope Francis played a key role in brokering the US-Cuba deal that was made public earlier this week. It is the most stunning success so far in a series of peacemaking efforts by the pontiff. VOA religion reporter Jerome Socolovsky has more.
Video

Video Fears of More Political Gridlock in 2015

2014 proved to be a difficult year politically for President Barack Obama and a very good year for the U.S. Republican Party. Republican gains in the November midterm elections gave them control of the Senate and House of Representatives for the next two years -- setting the stage for more confrontation and gridlock in the final two years of the Obama presidency. VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone has a preview from Washington.
Video

Video Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacks

The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
Video

Video VOA Reporter Tours Devastated Peshawar School

Islamist militants wearing military uniforms and strapped with explosives attacked a military run school Tuesday in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. At least 141 people were killed in the horrific attack, most of them young students. VOA reporter Ayaz Gul visited the devastated school and attended the funeral of the principal who courageously tried to save her students from the deadly attack.
Video

Video Nigerians Fleeing Boko Haram Languish in Camp Near Capital

In its five-year effort to impose Islamic law in northeastern Nigeria, the Boko Haram extremist group has killed thousands of people and forced hundreds of thousands to flee. Some of those who ran for their lives now live in squalor on the edges of the capital, Abuja. Chris Stein reports for VOA.
Video

Video Aceh Rebuilt Decade After Tsunami, But Scars Remain

On December 26, 2004 there was an earthquake in the Indian Ocean so powerful it caused the Earth’s axis to wobble a few centimeters. Onshore on the island of Sumatra, the resulting tsunami was devastating. A decade later, VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where although there is little remaining evidence of the physical devastation, the psychological scars among survivors remain.

All About America

AppleAndroid