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Valentine's Classic

Last night, friends from the seminary, along with three friends of one of the students, met downtown for drinks and to hear a musician known by my boss. Yes, I was the token male in a group of 6 women. (Like immortals, apparently, there can be only one. But there must be one.) The music, food and entertainment was great. I mean who wouldn't like a block of Tom Petty on a Friday night? Of course, it wasn't his three best tunes but what can you do?

I close with a classic Valentine's article I wrote for a college website I maintained my senior year:

"Valentine’s Day is almost upon us. The special semi-formal is scheduled for tonight and, mingled with coldness, love is in the air. Or is it? How do single people celebrate the day? It’s not like they have that special someone to shower with chocolate and jewelry. (Being a small college community, just how much of that can a lowly student afford anyway?)

"The only option I see is the event mentioned above. School dances offer fun for students no matter if they have a significant other or not. For me frankly this is not enough to keep my mind off the fact I’m single on one of, if not the most romantic, days of the year.

"When we were younger, Valentine’s wasn’t the “couples only” holidays it is for us today. We’d tape our special mailbox to the side of our school desk and by the end of the day it would be crammed full of those little cardboard cut-out Valentines most often with pictures of the cool cartoons of the day such as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Strawberry Shortcake (As you can see, I’m obviously older than dirt) and no one was left out despite that episode of The Simpsons where Lisa gives little Ralph a Valentine because his box was empty. That didn’t happen until Middle School.

"In my family anyway, we exchanged Valentines amongst ourselves and still do today but, as you can imagine, it’s not quite the same even when they put money in it. One of my fondest Valentine’s memories happened probably almost twenty years ago around a confusing time. My mother was in the hospital for a lengthy period of time and while she was there she made me a card that had a couple of Cupids dancing around. If you looked closely, you could see that one of them had a bruise on his hip. An arrow was pointing to it and my mother had written in small letters “fell down ice skating!” It was a great card. I think I still have it somewhere in my closet at home.

"So while you spend your holiday with the one you love I will most likely be sitting alone reminiscing about Valentines gone by after all, if the day is so special why don’t we get it off from school?"

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