The phrase, “Be My Valentine”, has seemed a bit awkward to me. I had always thought the request should be directed towards the person with whom you wanted to share a special date. You know, an intimate candlelit dinner, a little wine, some snuggle time and….? That image is always in my mind whenever I see or, rarely, hear, “Be My Valentine”.
Even as a schoolboy in second grade, I picked up on that meaning right away. I remember the giftwrap paper covered shoeboxes with the slot in the top. Decorated really fancy and frilly and placed at the front of our desks. I remember the night before Valentine’s Day with the jumbo packages of little Valentine’s cards, signing my name on them all. Saving the very best one for the classmate I imagined would be my best friend and companion forever and ever.
So, in that tradition, I am asking you to be my Valentine. My platonic Valentine. I have a real sweetums who will be my non-platonic Valentine today. That’s not the point of this Blue Jay post. I have something to share with my Blue Jay readers, as a salute to friendship. And no, this is not a copy and paste. This has been taken from a real paper and ink book of quotations.
“Among true and real friends, all is common and were ignorance and envy and superstition banished from the world, all mankind would be friends.” — Percy Bysshe Shelley
OK, and a bonus quotation for you just because I’m asking you to be my Valentine.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
“Oh I get by with a little help from my friends.
Mmm, I get high with a little help from my friends.
Do you need anybody…” — John Lennon and Paul McCartney
The Blue Jay of Happiness has been in Valentine, Nebraska on Valentine’s Day once in his life. The town was jumping with fun. Well, as much fun as a small Nebraska town can muster.