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Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Well, I have no op-ed in the New York Times today, but I will be airing on the radio station WHYY in Philadelphia at some point during the day.  I actually forgot to ask what time!  But there will be a link on their website and once I have it I'll let you know.  

In any event, I couldn't find any Valentine's Day ads specific ads that I liked well enough to share, and I wanted to try and find something that was actually cheerful.  You would be amazed just how many heartbreakingly sad personals can appear in one day.  But I did find this one, not quite on Valentine's Day, but close enough that I'm using it anyway.

De Persia - Your sensible, sweet, repairing letter has filled the vacancy in my solitude.  It is impossible to forget you for a moment.  How much I would like to see you beside me forever! Always yours.  Study much.  Do not doubt my love for my life.  Persia.

You see, even my attempt to find a happy ad wasn't entirely successful; these two are apparently separated.  But they don't seem downright miserable.  In any event, maybe De Persia is just off at school and as soon as she gets back (De Persia is a woman, I've decided), these two will be reunited?  I do find it kind of funny that Persia writes: "Do not doubt my love for my life."  Presumably he means that De Persia is "my life," but it does come off sounding like he just loves his actual, literal life.  Which is, in and of itself, a good thing...but kind of an odd thing to say to someone you're in love with - you know?  Also a bit of a non sequitur.  Unless, in his loneliness and solitude, Persia gave some hints of suicidal tendencies, and De Persia's "sensible" and "repairing" letter was written to cheer him up.  So he's saying, I do love my life and I'm not going to kill myself.

Wow, whole new meaning.  So, my "happy" romantic ad is, in fact, between two people who are separated indefinitely and one is really depressed.  That didn't work out so well, did it?  Unfortunately I've got a super busy day ahead and no time to find a better, more appropriate ad. Maybe I'll come up with something more appropriate (albeit late) for my next post.

Oh well, this isn't exactly my favorite holiday anyway.

Happy Singles Awareness Day (aka S.A.D.)!

©2011 Pam Epstein

3 comments:

Kathy R February 16, 2011 at 5:23 PM  

My first thought was that Joe (son of a well-off and well-connected family) and Jack (probably from the same circumstances - and a few years older than Joe) met at boarding school or college. Joe's horrified parents pulled him home for a "cooling off" period ("our time of probation") hoping he would forget Jack and stop humiliating the family. Now he has decided to forfeit his inheritance and family ("given up all") and rejoin Jack - who's parents have died and left him a nice estate and lots of money. They can live comfortably and as they please with no interference. A happy ending.

Kathy R February 16, 2011 at 8:26 PM  

Sorry, posted to wrong blog post.

Pam February 16, 2011 at 8:31 PM  

No worries! I liked your comments! Hope your interpretation was the right one. =)

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