Sunday 14th February…it’s Valentine’s Day…AGAIN!
Once upon a time, there was a romantic young woman who lived from Valentine’s Day to Valentine’s Day. With eyes filled with red love hearts and enthusiastically searching the globe for her Romeo, her one true love, she mailed out Valentine’s day cards by the thousands hoping that one day true love would come.
Oh how the mighty have fallen!
Fast forward 25 years and that very same woman is now hunting down cupid with a vengeance. A caped crusader trying to rid the world of this evil little blighter, who despite an eternity of arrow-shooting practice, is still randomly shooting arrows all over the place, constantly missing his targets.
While missing targets is bad enough, it gets worse. Much worse!
You see, he shoots those very same, well-intentioned arrows into all the wrong people causing all sorts of grief and heartache.
What’s more, I know it’s deliberate. I have absolutely no doubt that Cupid enjoys making people suffer watching their one true love pointlessly pursue someone else who is in love with someone else.
Sick! It’s truly sick.
Yet, it seems to give Cupid some kind of sadistic pleasure. But before anyone can implicate him in his terrible misdeeds, Cupid has done his dash, fled the scene leaving nothing but carnage. The place looks like a smash-up derby with smoke pouring out of crippled engines. Yet, these are real people made of flesh and blood with beating hearts. They hurt!
Yet, for some reason those looking for love still have faith.
One day, cupid will finally come!
After all, isn’t life just one great big Disney fairytale?!!
Perhaps, true love might come but it could well be long after an extremely long and very bumpy road… volumes of heartbroken verse, pouring bunches of incredibly expensive long-stemmed red roses and luscious, scrumptious chocolates straight down the proverbial toilet. Enduring romantic dinners with all the wrong people…All while cupid plays matching pairs with his eyes shut.
I am sorry but somewhere along the way, I’ve become cynical and lost the faith.
It’s not that I’m still single and haven’t found the one. Indeed, cupid finally did come through for me and my husband even proposed on Valentine’s Day.
However, Valentine’s Day is a bit like winning those all important prizes at school. You can work hard all year and be smart, intelligent and conscientious but if you’re No. 2 instead of number 1, you’re sunk. You can be in a relationship all year but if you’re single on Valentine’s Day and staying home with your cat, you’re suddenly ugly, unlovable and a total loser. You’re not enough enough and nobody wants you.
Indeed, you’ve just won the Loser’s Lottery.
Meanwhile, just to compound your angst, everyone around you has somehow managed to find “The One”.
Or, at least, their true love of the moment!
However, if you are single this Valentine’s Day, take heart. As I said, it’s not your fault. It’s Cupid.
So why don’t we both do the world a favour and shoot him down.
Then, you might just have a chance of ….(I can hear some violins!)
A Happy Valentine’s Day!