"I'm not sentimental-- I'm as romantic as you are. The idea, you know, is that the sentimental person thinks things will last-- the romantic person has a desperate confidence that they won't" F. Scott Fitzgerald
One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. (History of Valentines Day).
Although the legend and the celebration of the day may have been about couples, for a Sophisticate the day is about love. The love that comes in all different forms. The love among families, the love of oneself (See 'Be Your Own Valentine'), the love among friends referred by the Greeks as 'Philos', and finally, the love that is found in a relationship between two people referred by the Greeks 'Eros' or 'Erotic Love'.
A Sophisticate knows that love is even more rare than kindness. Kindness is a gift and love is blessing. A Sophisticate is eternally optimistic and never gives up hope of having unconditional love in her life.
A Sophisticate knows that no type of love is better or more important than the other types. All types of love are important in her life. For a Sophisticate, love is love no matter where it comes or who it comes from. Valentines Day is merely a celebration of the love that exists in her life (See 'Be Your Own Valentine').
In the end, single or in a relationship a Sophisticate loves Valentines Day because she loves to be in love ;D