art to heart

baby picture v-day cardYeah, you know what day it is.

Valentines Day is so very strange to me. I suck at it. There have years where there’s been no one, years where there has been someone, I think one year there was two. Anyway. I’m the first to admit I’m no good at it. I’m a Capricorn. We are known for being sensible, and wiseacres. We are not known for being romantic.

Every 16 year old girl in the world fantasizes about her Valentines day. I actually forgot about it that year. That’s pretty harsh to a teenage boy who went out of his way to make a homemade Valentine (see right) and dinner reservations. Poor guy. I wonder whatever happened to him?

This year, I am making dinner for the Significant Other. It’s sweet, it’s cheap, and God knows I don’t want to battle for restaurant reservations. Besides, I want to be alone with him.

A lot of people get bitter about this holiday, but like Al says, it’s kind of a waste to get bitter about it. I mean, it’s a day like any other day. Do Hallmark et al use this holiday as an excuse to bombard us poor consumers with pure crap? You betcha. But really, why wear black all day? Is that really necessary? At least wear red underwear today. I am. Hell, wear red underwear every Wednesday. That might just be my mid-winter resolution.

Consider this:

Tuesday February 13 9:55 AM ET
Right-Wing Hindus Battle Valentines in India

By Maria Abraham

BOMBAY, India (Reuters) – Right-wing Hindus campaigned Tuesday against India’s latest western import, Valentine’s Day, by storming into shops, burning banners and threatening love-struck couples with retribution. Valentine’s Day, which falls on Wednesday, is gaining increasing popularity in India, though it is seen by Hindu nationalists as a desecration of traditional Indian culture. Incensed by such creeping Westernization, supporters of the right-wing Hindu Shiv Sena party toured cities across India asking shops to withdraw all Valentine’s wares and hotel managers to cancel special parties marking the Christian saint’s day. “Those who want to celebrate Valentine’s Day should go to the U.S. and stay there,” said student activist Shridhar Jagtap, to cheers from fellow members of the Shiv Sena outside a popular gift shop in the financial capital Bombay. He and his group barged into the Satyam Collection card and gift shop to try to get the Valentine’s Day wares removed. “Remove everything within one hour,” he shouted as he left the shop, packed with people buying cards, soft toys or one of this year’s favorites — a teddy bear with a mechanical voice, saying “I love you.” Shop owner Chheda Kalyanji told Reuters he had called the police but was not going along with the youths’ demands. “Valentine’s is a matter of love. It has nothing to do with religion or caste,” he said. Shiv Sena activist Shishir Shinde said his men would ask colleges not to permit celebrations. “Cards are OK. But students write Valentine messages on any part of the body. That is not right,” he said. The Shiv Sena frequently attacks symbols of western culture, which its critics say is its way of getting publicity.

I just try not to snub my own freedom.

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