The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

February 8, 2013

Robin Fjelstad: Valentine’s Day? Hard to miss this celebration

By Robin Fjelstad
news@joplinglobe.com

NEOSHO, Mo. — “Nothing is more beautiful than the love that has weathered the storms of life. The love of the young for the young, that is the beginning of life. But the love of the old for the old, that is the beginning of things longer.”

 — Jerome Jerome, English writer



NEOSHO, Mo. — The celebration of St. Valentine’s Day has been observed for centuries. It has evolved into a day for couples to show expressions of love for one another. Valentine’s Day expressions extend to families and friends as well. It is a great opportunity to express your love and appreciation to parents, siblings and those close to you.

Valentine’s Day is one of the most celebrated holidays in the world, but the way individuals celebrate range from total disregard to extreme romance. Most couples fall somewhere in between. Whether you are the cards-and-candy, or the flowers-and-dinner type, Neosho residents won’t have to look too far.

Tickets are on sale now for a special Valentine’s Day showing of two features at B&B Neosho Cinema 6. “A Good Day to Die Hard” and “Safe Haven” will be released by the theater on Thursday for the 4, 7 and 9 p.m. viewings.

But, if it’s dinner you are looking for, special menu items will be offered at the Green Forest Family Restaurant, 1080 S. Neosho Blvd., according to owner Miguel Velasquez.

Café Angelica, 107 E. Main St., will continue its practice of a Valentine’s Day dinner offering. Reservations are required, but barring any last-minute cancellations, the event is already sold out.

Mudd Puddles, 127 E. Main St., a new venue in downtown Neosho, will be providing a very special experience for its guests from 6-10 p.m., said owner Robin Manning. Reservations are required.

Mudd Puddles, a coffee shop and lunch restaurant, will be open extended hours to offer a wine and candlelight dinner with live entertainment. Cost per couple is $25 and includes a choice of entrée, a salad and two side dishes. Solo diners are also invited at a cost of $14.99.

Many people eschew feeling obligated to display their affection on a single day each year, in favor of a lifestyle of affectionate expression and thoughtfulness.

This type of person can dismiss all the trappings of days such as Valentine’s Day, provided they find a like-thinking partner. Many couples migrate toward this lifestyle approach, finding spontaneity more satisfying than an event that requires romance on demand.

In the end, each of us should discover what suits us best. If a harmonious relationship is your goal, then make sure your partner shares your style. The celebration of love is always a good and positive thing.

Happy Valentine’s Day!



Robin Fjelstad, lives in Goodman. She is a communications major at Missouri Southern State University and is an intern for The Joplin Globe as part of her Rebekah Hughes scholarship.