Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us. I know that because nearly every commercial is an advertisement for heart-shaped diamond pendants. Some are traditionally shaped, others are droopy, swirly-shaped hearts that have an open part for…I’m not sure. You’ll have to listen to Jane Seymour’s explanation on that. I keep losing time when I hear her voice. I may be hypnotized. I guess I’ll know if I find a droopy heart pendant in my jewelry box the day after Valentine’s and my husband says he had nothing to do with it.
I went to the store to buy heart-shaped candy for a loved one. I won’t say which loved one because that would spoil the surprise. There were heart-shaped chocolates, heart-shaped suckers, heart-shaped gumdrops. For all the candy companies that didn’t want to temporarily change the shape of their treats, they changed the color…to red and Pepto Bismol pink. Proof that love makes you sick.
Valentine’s Day is not about subliminal messaging. The advertisers for this holiday are blatantly pushy. It’s like getting held up at gunpoint by a big, hairy guy in a ski mask with chocolate cream breath. The color red has been used for prostitution (red light district), to show power (ties of Presidents), violence or anger (seeing red), and emergencies (fire trucks, flashing lights).
You must buy your sweetheart something awesome or else…!
Valentine’s Day also comes during the most depressing part of winter. You think it’s nearly over but it’s not even winding down. Throw in the color red and you’ve got depressed, angry people trying to get a reservation at a restaurant they really don’t want to go to, just to impress someone who is probably just going out with them for the free dinner. And that includes housewives.
If you are still struggling with what to buy for that special someone, here are some suggestions: The movie, “Moonstruck,” Chicago’s “Love Songs” CD, or my novel, “Entangled.” I own all three and I’m blissfully happy and in love. But I wouldn’t turn my nose up at Dark Chocolate Orange Creams from Abdallah Candies.