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Happy Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and I thought maybe you could use some inspiration as you’re writing your cards. After all, it’s hard to be romantic on demand.

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And if you can’t read my handwriting:

My Rules

If you want to marry me, here’s what you’ll have to do:
You must learn how to make a perfect chicken-dumpling stew.
And you must sew my holey socks,
And soothe my troubled mind,
And develop the knack for scratching my back,
And keep my shoes spotlessly shined.
And while I rest you must rake up the leaves,
And when it is hailing and snowing
You must shovel the walk…and be still when I talk,
And — hey — where are you going?

-Shel Silverstein

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Jon is a secret romantic, which is why he’s always so sad when I say things like, “Super, you’re brown and amazing and my best friend,” or “Super, let me give you a kiss for being so fabulous,”¬†or “Super, you’re so chocolatey and delicious, yum yum”…but this poem makes me laugh because, really, Jon is very good at scratching backs.

(He’s still working on the chicken-dumpling stew. Or anything that doesn’t come frozen and in a cardboard box. But he’s still my Valentine.)

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