"Isn't Valentine's the best Holiday"-the kid
"No, it isn't"-me
and she stared at me and demanded to know why I had stabbed her in her little sweet ol' heart.
I started to think how to put it diplomatically But really, there was no way. I cannot tell a lie. I couldn't lie to her either. Valentine's is a crock. And I don't say that because I don't believe in love. I say it, because it is. It is a crock. A commercial crock. It is the day of the year I wish I didn't have to leave my house. People in red, the flower sending, the chocolate buying, sugary lovey dovey, restaurant filled, motel packed day of the year. Cards for lovers, husbands, wives, friends, grandparents, dogs, cats...dammit. The chalk tasting hearts with crooked printings of "Be Mine"...the Peeps...well, the Peeps aren't bad...I can deal with the Peeps, but...all in all, aren't we a little overboard?
And who can forget: The proposals!! Oh God!! The proposals!!! (which not so long ago I was subject to on a Valentine's Day and I swear I could hear the God's laughing).
Is this all necessary Do we need, just like Mother's Day, ONE day to tell someone you love them? With a pink and red 6 foot plush Teddy Bear that plays "Great Balls of Fire" when you squeeze it's paw???!!
Then: the possible break ups, the back to ignoring your loved one, the screening of the incoming calls, the pouring over facebook statuses to analyze what his/her post ment and if it was directed to you. From "in a relationship" to "it's complicated".
The aftermath of the sugar induced future diabetics of the planet.
I am not pessimistic or loved scorned. I do believe in love, in being there for your other mate, in showing some kind of affection, whatever your choice maybe. I just don't go with the masses or the crap they try to feed us. I don't need a 6 foot teddy bear. I need someone to be there for me. To mean what they say, to stick it out in all types of weather, to hold down the fort with me. I need people to be nicer to each other, everyday, love their kids, neighbors, planet, the guy at the light asking for some change.
Love is and should be in constant motion.
No one should wanna be someone's Valentine's....you should wanna be their love.
So I opened my mouth, ready to give my 101 reasons why Valentine's sucks and as the kid stood there demanding my explanation, all I could muster was:
"Just kidding!! Valentine's is awesome".
Her face was relieved.
Just like Santa and the Three Kings and the rest of things in life that seem real but are fake, she had enough time to find out on her own, without me pushing it, what a crock this was as well.
For now, let her love, even if it is in the sake of this fake saint. And let her, wanna let me, be her Valentine's.