Valentine Love Ain’t What It Used To Be (Guest Content)

It’s hard to fathom how much society has changed in just 10 years and nearly impossible to compare modern-day with life 40 years ago.  However, prolific author Mitch Albom has bridged the gap between the two strange time and related it directly to the ever-changing Valentine’s Day.  As a little break from the norm here is the editorial about the holiday titled:

Valentine Love Ain’t What It Used To Be

By Mitch Albom

Published: 02/13/2011

“Hey, Grandpa. Can I ask you something?”

“Sure, Adam.”

“What’s Valentine’s Day about?”

“It’s a day to celebrate love.”

“Yeah … I don’t get it.”

“Romance?”

“Still don’t get it.”

“Well, you have a girlfriend, right? The one with the tattoos?”

“Ink, Grandpa.”

“Ink. I don’t know her name because you never bring her inside.”

“Her parents call her Emily. But that’s lame. She goes by sweetcakes77@yahoo.com.”

“I see. But she’s your girl?”

“Whoa. That’s like, way possessive, Gramps. We just hang.”

“How long have you been … hanging?”

“Six years.”

“And what are you doing for Valentine’s Day?”

“That’s the thing. Like, what am I supposed to do for this whole holiday and stuff?”

“You do something romantic.”

“Oh, right, uh…. Like what?”

A rose is more than a flower

‘Well, Adam, you could bring her flowers.”

“From the ground? Yuck.”

“From a florist.”

“How much?

“A dozen roses? Maybe $30?”

“Dude! I could buy a video game for that.”

“How about chocolates?”

“She’s totally no-carb.”

“Take her somewhere nice?”

“Yeah. I could go over to her place and watch ‘Jersey Shore’ – like we usually do.”

“I meant a real date. A fancy restaurant. A nice meal. Candlelight.”

“Come on, Gramps. Who does that? Candlelight? You can’t even see who’s texting you.”

“Adam, I’m a little concerned about this relationship. How do you two show your affection?”

“Well, we (bleep) a lot.”

“A-hem … OK. Besides that?”

“She sends me funny tweets. She likes my jams. And … we (bleep) a lot.”

“You said that already.”

“Like, a lot.”

“Do you ever write her poetry?”

“That’s dorky.”

“Take her dancing?”

“Clubs charge too much.”

“Go for long walks? Hold hands? Watch the sunset? Talk about your hopes and dreams?”

“I send her photos on her cell phone.”

“Well, that’s nice.”

“Of my (bleep).”

“Oh, dear Lord.”

“And she sends me photos of her-”

“OK, OK. Never mind!”

The value of relationships

“What’s wrong, Grandpa?”

“I guess things are just different. In my day you took your time for love, you dressed up, you sent each other cards, you remembered little anniversaries.”

“That’s a lot of work.”

“Most good relationships are.”

“But love’s supposed to be fun.”

“Love is fun. It’s also respect, tenderness, empathy, sacrifice, sharing and understanding.”

“Hmm. You sound like Leo, down at work.”

“Is Leo celebrating Valentine’s Day?”

“Yeah, with Fred.”

“I need an aspirin.”

“No, seriously, dude, I need advice. I don’t want her freaking out and stuff.”

“Adam, I’m not your dude. And why would she freak out?”

“Because I think she has … expectations.”

“Ah. Expectations.”

“I know, right? Total bummer.”

“Listen. Why don’t you try this? Put on a clean shirt. With buttons. Drive to her house. Hand her a flower. Tell her how much she means to you. And ask if she’d like to join you for a quiet evening someplace special, to celebrate Valentine’s Day.”

“OK…. But I better check if she’s around.”

“Yes. That’s considerate.”

“Lemme text this … here we go … and hey, to make it really special, I’ll take a picture of my-”

“Just press ‘send, Adam.”

“Really?”

“Really.”

 

Which perspective better describes your Valentine’s Day?

Until next time buyers, sellers and friends!

Sincerely,

Josh ^theLVD Weaver

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About Josh Weaver

Joshua Weaver was born and raised in Plymouth, Michigan and attended Western Michigan University. He received his Bachelors of Arts, majoring in Public Relations with a minor in Political Science, in May of 2010. After working as a public speaker and advisor he then accepting a consulting position at Pricefalls.com, a Dutch Auction website based out of Las Vegas, NV. Upon completing two months of consulting he was offered a job as Director of Public Relations and accepted. He now spends the majority of his time researching trends and executing social media tactics to draw traffic to the site.
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2 Responses to Valentine Love Ain’t What It Used To Be (Guest Content)

  1. Mkw003 says:

    I love this article! I’m glad you’re sharing it with another audience!

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