Happy Valentine’s Day

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Photo credit: Kaptain Kobold via VisualHunt.com / CC BY-NC-SA

Having captured my Valentine’s heart, the pressure is off. Whew. What a relief to no longer worry about how to survive the fourteenth of February.

I once marked the day in RED, and not for the reasons you might imagine. No, the red was a necessary reminder. Warning, warning. Break out the Kevlar. Strap on the defense mechanisms. Engage stealth mode. Keep your head down. And whatever you do, agree to nothing.

Your co-worker suggests a group dinner out. “Low key,” she says. At the last moment, she tells you, “Oh, by the way, we have a friend who is free and will be joining us for dinner”. That is code for a group of couples who have discovered you are not “coupled up” and have desperately searched out a prospect for you. Ask me how I know.

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Photo credit: Spirit635 via VisualHunt / CC BY-NC-SA

Busy body. I would have been fine. At home. Alone with a full-bodied Italian. I had splurged and bought the Chianti that had a cork, not the screw top.

Valentine’s day is easy now. No more snarky questions. No more lame excuses. No more looks of pity. No more unwanted pressure. I still see no need for giant teddy bears, and the other frou-frou that goes with the day. Years without those trappings have cured me. A quite dinner will suffice. And perhaps a Chianti with a cork.

I hope you are able to enjoy the day exactly as you wish.

Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

4 thoughts on “Happy Valentine’s Day

  1. Great post! Love the lego photo too. Thanks for the BIG smile… now, if I just have some coworkers that bring along a prospect one day, I’ll be set. Ah, it’s all about timing in life, right! Enjoy your Chianti! HEY, and get those 3,000 word done today!! No slacking, just because it is Valentine’s Day! 🙂 I’m waiting for the invitation to your book signing, my grey hairs are coming in… no time to waste.


  2. A fun read and a great way of looking at a day that means so much to many people. Perhaps they haven’t heard about Chianti with a cork and a quiet dinner for one. Cleverly written, Jo, particularly the effective use of short sentences.


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