a day which is happy for some and not so happy for others. i guess it's all a matter of perspective. i've never been big on a "holiday" that could potentially crush your heart like a bug if you didn't receive flowers, chocolates or a card telling you that you were the pivotal of someone's universe.
february 14th always reminds me of miniature cinnamon hearts [candies] and old cards. being a packrat, i still have mine — okay, i have a few of them — the cards, not the candies! thinking back on elementary school, i remember the excitement and buzz of the kids in my classroom wondering who'd they would get a card from or some little attached candies, too, if they were lucky. ultimately, you ended up counting the number of cards you received and that indicated how popular you were. looking back it seems cruel as there were always a few kids who got next to nothing and went home feeling like crap. i don't think those kids ever forgot that. on the other side of it, you were only too happy to run home and mill over the cards you did get and giggle over who gave you one.
well, it's no wonder that today is the best day of the year for card shops, flower vendors, chocolatiers and confectioners.
for a good laugh, check out this, this and this [my fave]. i love the anti valentine's day movement!
npr's Xgen picks for the "sounds of love" [you can listen to the songs posted though it's last year's article; see the links at the bottom too]. this year's picks and songs for the dumped (oh, my! lol).
if you need to whip up something in a hurry, take a look here for some ideas. for you chocolate lovers, look at this or try these amazingly good things (i love them!). definitely on the list of must tries from baker dorie greenspan.
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