Valentine gifts come from the heart

Through snow, and rain and dark of night ... blah, blah, blah. The point is the postal carriers have to work today, and so too do we at The Evening Sun. You teachers and students and everyone else who has the day off today really have a good thing going here. I might have to get in on that.

Well, itís Valentineís Day, and what better way to spend it than trapped, I mean snuggled in a cozy warm house with the one you love. Of course thatís not how Iíll be spending my day, and Iím sure many of you wonít be spending yours that way either.

Iím usually a procrastinator, but for Valentineís Day, I managed to plan ahead, and Iíve never been happier that I did (not that it really matters since my husband wonít be home until Friday). But as I shoveled mountains of snow from my driveway this morning, I started thinking about the hundreds of people who probably had procrastinated and were now stranded without a gift. If you are that type, you probably put off the gift buying until the absolute last minute, and are now in a bind. Do you brave the fearsome weather to travel out and get some flowers or candy for your love, or do you admit that you havenít gotten anything yet and spend the day trapped in close proximity to a very angry but special someone?

The answer is up to you, but as I shoveled this morning, I came up with a brilliant plan. I suggest if you choose to brave the elements, that you first present your love with a snow shovel, perhaps tied up with a bow. What a way to say ďBe Mine.Ē You could even tell your Valentine to go ahead and try it out before you leave for your shopping adventure. That way you have a gift to give and you donít break your back with the shoveling. They may get really mad at you at first, but when you arrive home with a gift, any gift, itís going to look 100 times more special than it is because itís not a shovel, and you can both look back and laugh.

*Be warned; the preceding incident could have mixed results and may end in you being decapitated with the snow shovel. Donít say I didnít warn you.

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