Whether you are a hopeless romantic or a cynical sort (read: single person) who feels that Valentine’s Day is just an excuse for card companies to sell more paper products (how environmentally unsound!), you simply can’t escape Cupid’s arrow this month — assuming you define “Cupid’s arrow” as incessant advertising about Valentine’s Day. John Paul Young called it way back in 1978: everywhere you look around, there are red roses, and pajamas with hearts on them, and canoodling couples tearfully opening diamond engagement rings together, and candy and just about any other foodstuffs that can somehow be branded with a “love” theme.
You may find Valentine’s Day cheesy, or perhaps even annoying. I get it (believe me, I get it — I spent an hour last night cutting 20 valentines out of red cardstock for my daughter’s second grade class project, and have the numbing, carpal-tunnel like pain in my right index finger to prove it…). But can you truly take issue with something that attempts to foster peace, and love, and harmony? I never thought I’d turn to NASCAR for pearls of wisdom, but really, who doesn’t love love?
Well, at least one small business owner in Texas thinks that the Valentine’s Day experts at 1-800-FLOWERS actually hate love. And peace. Probably puppies too. And possibly America and freedom, as well, but let’s not get carried away. Continue reading the full story . . . »