Valentine’s Day


This February 14th is, of course, Valentine’s Day. It is one of my favorite holidays, so long as I have someone to celebrate it with. It also celebrates one of my favorite emotions, love. Not only is it what the world needs more of, but it tends to make life worth living. How boring is it to just work, work, work all the time! Pearl Bailey put it best, “What the world really needs is more love and less paperwork.” (None of us are guilty of that; most of our work is on the computer.) Paper aside, what love does do, is allow us to have something or someone to work for. That, of course, is always worth any work.

Then, there is being “in love”, whatever that means. Judith Viorst in 1975 Redbook, wrote, “Love is much nicer to be in than an automobile accident, a tight girdle, a higher tax bracket, or a holding pattern over Philadelphia.” I have never been in a holding pattern over Philadelphia, and really can’t comment on that. However, a tight girdle, “ouch”. Men, I know you can only imagine. I suppose being “in love” is worth the madness that it brings and that very well may mean a holding pattern over Philadelphia. Again, there is that life factor that I enjoy, and the experience of being “in love” should certainly be on everyone’s shortlist.

Lest we forget…what is love without a little ROMANCE! Aahh…what is that? Paris in the spring, perfume, flowers, couples holding hands, chocolate candy and creative proposals that end with a big fat rock on someone’s finger. But Cupid?!? Someone said it, and I agree, “I don’t understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine’s Day. When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon.” Oh, I am sure there is a great story behind Cupid, but I am not buying it. For what it is worth, we all need love in our lives…and most of us have it, and for those who think you don’t …I love you!