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Valentine’s Day 2008

I know, I know. You’re asking, “Elliot, what did you do for Valentine’s Day this year?”

Big Pink Heart

Well, friends, ’tis a sad tale. Mary is in the Caribbean on a cruise right now with about a dozen of our friends, having a fantastic time. I’m in Vancouver, and as is so often the case here during the winter, it is raining. Mary sent a card before she left, and I arranged to have flowers delivered on the ship, but there was no Valentine’s Day date. This is not something that I have had to spend a lot of time coming to terms with, since out of my 28 years, I have been in a relationship on Valentine’s Day exactly three times. And oddly enough, exactly none of those three times have I been close enough (geographically) to my significant other to actually see them on February 14.

So instead of going out, I had a romantic evening with my roommate Tony. We ate spaghetti and watched a romantic comedy. It was pretty fun, actually; Valentine’s Day usually has been for me. It has never been a time to reflect wistfully on an unsuccessful love life. More often than not, it has been a good time to get together with friends and enjoy each other’s company. That’s not a bad way to spend the day, especially since a plausible case can be made (according to Wikipedia, at least) that Valentine’s Day had nothing to do with romantic love until Chaucer made the connection in the 1380s.

By Elliot

Elliot was born in Michigan and raised in North Carolina. He has studied at Regent College and the University of Richmond, worked at newspapers in St. Petersburg and Los Angeles, taught ESL in eastern Europe, given tours in Alaska, and driven a school bus. Now he lives in western Washington and works as an editor at Lexham Press, the publishing arm of Faithlife Corporation.

2 replies on “Valentine’s Day 2008”

I actually thought it was a true act of love for Jas to come to NJ with two small kids to attend my Grandpa’s funeral.

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