A few years ago I was in line at the grocery when a young man walked up behind me holding a bouquet of roses. Yup, it was Valentine’s Day. I had a basket full of stuff, so I thought he might want to go in front of me. I said, “Is that all you’ve got?”
He got a deer in the headlights look and said, “I bought her candy and I’m taking her out to dinner, too.”
I started laughing. When I got control of myself, I said, “I was wondering if you wanted to go in front of me.”
Do we need another holiday to make us feel inadequate? As comedian Jim Gaffigan says in a recent video, if this is the only day you’re telling people you love that you love them, you may be in trouble. Some long married friends of mine admitted last weekend that they’ve given each other a pass on Valentine’s Day for quite a few years. On the other hand, if you want an excuse to treat someone, it works marvelously.