The 14th of February
The day for letting your sweetheart know how much you love them. When I think of Valentine’s day I think of heart shaped boxes of candy, Valentine cards of all sizes and shapes, and those little heart shaped candies with words of love on them.
Here’s a typical Valentine’s card circa the 1950s. Do you remember them.
I also think about Charlie Brown on Valentine’s Day. the other day he was hoping to get a Valentine card from little red-haired girl. He likes her so much, but has never had the nerve to even speak to her.
I’m hoping this year that the little red-haired girl will tell Charlie Brown that she wants him to be her Valentine! I also hope that this year that Charlie Brown’s baseball team will win a game. Wouldn’t that be great? I’m dreaming… I must be a knucklehead.
Happy Valentine’s Day to all the girls in my life, but especially to my darling wife, Beverly. I love her dearly.
~La Rochefoucauld, Maxims, 1665
Joke of the Day
One day an old German Shepherd starts chasing rabbits and before long, discovers that he's lost. Wandering about, he notices a panther heading rapidly in his direction with the intention of having lunch. The old German Shepherd thinks, "Uh, oh! I'm in deep trouble now!"
Noticing some bones on the ground close by, he immediately settles down to chew on the bones with his back to the approaching cat. Just as the panther is about to leap, the old German Shepherd exclaims loudly, "Boy, that was one delicious panther! I wonder, if there are any more around here?"
Hearing this, the young panther halts his attack in mid-strike, a look of terror comes over him and he slinks away into the trees. "Whew!," says the panther, "That was close! That old German Shepherd nearly had me!"
Meanwhile, a squirrel who had been watching the whole scene from a nearby tree, figures he can put this knowledge to good use and trade it for protection from the panther. So, off he goes. The squirrel soon catches up with the panther, spills the beans and strikes a deal for himself with the panther. The young panther is furious at being made a fool of and says, "Here, squirrel, hop on my back and see what's going to happen to that conniving canine!"
Now, the old German Shepherd sees the panther coming with the squirrel on his back and thinks, "What am I going to do now?," but instead of running, the dog sits down with his back to his attackers, pretending he hasn't seen them yet, and just when they get close enough to hear, the old German Shepherd says..."Where's that squirrel? I sent him off an hour ago to bring me another panther."
(Us old dogs are pretty smart.)