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Monday, young love at 70…

Once upon a time I managed a Hallmark Shop.  

Valentine’s Day is the biggest holiday for card sales.  Heart Day is bigger than Christmas and Mother’s Day and Easter and, of course, bigger than Father’s Day.  Poor Daddy just can’t compete with the others, sad but true.

The day before and the day of Valentine’s are the biggest days for sales.  Well, the day after Christmas is the biggest day but retailers hate that day because all the Christmas stock flies out the door half price.  Anyway, the day before/of Valentine’s is the craziest day. Getting the perfect Valentine card is difficult, although, for some people (men, not all men but many of them) it’s just a major chore to muddle through.

Some folks will read every card and torture themselves with indecision.  Others pop in and grab a card and off they go.  Some ask for advise.  Then there are those (men again) who come rushing in the day after Valentine’s Day with fear and panic in their eyes looking for the perfect Valentine card to make up for the fact they forgot to give one on Valentine’s Day.  Honestly, there is no perfect card for that mistake!

I remember one year an older lady, probably in her 70’s, came into the shop and after browsing the cards for a while came to me and asked which card of the two or three she had chosen said what she wanted to say but not say too much.  She had a gentleman friend she had been spending time with as “good friends” but she wanted to bring the friendship up “a notch”.  The problem was she wasn’t sure if the gentleman felt the same and did not want her card to scare him off.  If he did not feel the same way she still wanted them to be good friends.  We read the cards and talked about them and after some consideration she decided which one said just enough and not too much.  She came in several weeks later and told me that she and the gentleman were now very good friends.  I often think of her.  How wonderful to be still like a girl in love when you are in your 70’s.

Today, I wish all who read this a Happy Valentine’s Day.

And guys, you still have a couple of hours before the stores close.