On Valentine’s Day when I was a junior in high school, my Physics teacher proclaimed that he’d never celebrated the day with his wife in 20 years. I instantly wrote him off as a dud when it came to romance and loving people.
After fifteen years of marriage, I now get it. Because Valentine’s is one day in a whole year—maybe a few dozen over a lifetime—with the person we love most. Romance isn’t strong enough to fuel life-long love. But laughter sure is! As Rose Franken says, “Anyone can be passionate, but it takes real lovers to be silly.”
In that vein, here’s some Valentine’s silliness to savor with your chocolates:
And, because I majored in college in the (extremely
nonuseful for my now-career) subject of biochemistry:
“Without love, what are we worth? Eighty-nine cents! Eighty-nine cents worth of chemicals walking around lonely.” – M*A*S*H, Hawkeye
Let’s get out there today, smile at someone, and remind the people we love that they’re worth more than eighty-nine cents, shall we?
Happy Valentine’s Day!