We’ve all had holidays that turn out differently than we imagined, whether for better or worse. Here are a few true stories that will make us laugh, or wince at life on Valentine’s Day.
Nuts About Love
Driving through Southern California, I stopped at a roadside stand that sold fruit, vegetables, and crafts. As I went to pay, I noticed the young woman behind the counter was painting a sign. “Why the new sign?” I asked. “My boyfriend didn’t approve of the old one,” she said. When I glanced at what hung above the counter, I understood. It declared: “Local Honey Dates Nuts” — Contributed by Theodore Bologna
A Perfect Match
After hearing about a coworker’s cousin in need, a man donated his liver to a complete stranger — and then married her. Former Marine Chris Dempsey decided to get tested even though he’d never seen or heard of Heather Krueger before. It turned out, they were a match in more ways than one. After undergoing the major surgery, the two quickly became more than friends and tied the knot over a year later.
I met my husband while I was working in a science library. He came in every week to read the latest journals and eventually decided to take out the librarian instead of the books. After a year and a half of dating, he showed up at the library and started rummaging through my desk. I asked what he was looking for, but he didn’t answer. Finally, he unearthed one of the rubber stamps I used to identify reference books. “Since I couldn’t find the right engagement ring,” he said, “this will have to do,” and he firmly stamped my hand. Across my knuckles, in capital letters, it read “NOT FOR CIRCULATION.” — Contributed by Ruth E. Chodrow
About a year had passed since my amicable divorce, and I decided it was time to start dating again. Unsure how to begin, I thought I’d scan the personals column of my local newspaper. I came across three men who seemed like they’d be promising candidates. A couple of days later, I was checking my answering machine and discovered a message from my ex-husband. “I was over visiting the kids yesterday,” he said. “While I was there I happened to notice you had circled some ads in the paper. Don’t bother calling the guy in the second column. I can tell you right now it won’t work out. That guy is me.” — Contributed by Pat Patel
Making the Grade
My high-school English teacher was well known for being a fair, but hard, grader. One day I received a B minus on a theme paper. In hopes of bettering my grade and in the spirit of the valentine season, I sent her an extravagant heart-shaped box of chocolates with the pre-printed inscription: “BE MINE.” The following day, I received in return a valentine from the teacher. It read: “Thank you, but it’s still BE MINE-US.” — Contributed by Brad Wilcox
Read All About It
Every Valentine’s Day our campus newspaper has a section for student messages. Last year my roommate surprised his girlfriend with roses and dinner at a fancy restaurant. When they returned from their date, she leafed through the paper to see if he had written a note to her. Near the bottom of one page she found: “Bonnie, what are you looking here for? Aren’t dinner and flowers enough? Love, Scott.” — Contributed by Richard B. Blackwell
My husband knew I liked the idea of laying on the beach and watching the stars so he planned a late night picnic on the beach to watch the stars.
He didn’t want any help, so he packed everything himself, and picked the place. We got to the beach that was 20 minutes away and he started pulling out things.
He had forgotten a flashlight to walk down to the beach so we stumbled a bit to get here, the water had receded some and it was very bumpy to get to the waters edge.
He went to light the candle he brought but he forgot the matches. We laid the blanket down, and in doing so got sand in the basket, (and food that was in there). He had brought some fruit, and cheese and small meat plates, (now with sand added).
We decided to cuddle up and just enjoy some wine but he had forgotten a bottle opener, so we tried to dig the cork out with the cheese knife. We settled on having corky wine and watching the stars for a while. – Contributed by: Julie
A shortage of spending money didn’t stop Cody Mitschelen from taking his girlfriend out for lunch. The teen went door-to-door mowing lawns to pay for a date. Luckily, Mitschelen’s romantic ways caught the attention of the internet, prompting the restaurant to comp their meal. As for his hard-earned cash, the doting boyfriend spent it on the next best thing: a second date getting ice cream. – Contributed by: Ryan
Never Too Late
The saying goes, “don’t give up on love,” and Maria Teresa Cobar is the living proof. The first-time bride finally found her soulmate at 80 years old. Carlos Victor Suarez, 95, lived across the hall at their nursing home and called their meeting as “love at first sight.” Now, the couple spends their days together in the facility’s honeymoon suite. – Contributed by: Anonymous
What is your memorable Valentine’s Day story?