V Day (February 14, 2005)

“All of my single friends want to be married, and all of my married friends want to be single,” she observed.  “It should be called Singles Awareness Day or Married Awareness Day,” she continued.  “In this life you will find that there are times when you are interested in someone, and he is not interested in you.  And there are times when someone is interested in you, and you are not interested in him.  How you handle both situations says just about everything about you,” her aunt opined avuncularly.  “If you want to make the gods laugh, share your plans with them.  Life is what happens to you while you are making plans,” her uncle said to her intimating that she not say uncle.  “Bloom where you are potted.”

[The following is added in July, 2009 and is inserted nunc pro tunc:

Bumper stickers of the week:

“Marriage is like a cage; one sees the birds outside desperate to get in, and those inside desperate to get out.”        Michel de Montaigne, the creator of the essay.


“I’m the guy who didn’t marry pretty Pamela Brown

Educated, well-intentioned good girl in our town.

I wonder where I would be today is she had loved me too

Probably be driving kids to school.”

. . .

“Pamela Brown” by Tom T. Hall © 1971 Hallnote Music/BMI or Sony/ATV Acuff Rose Music]

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