Oh, hello there Valentine's Day. Back again, are you?
It's that enchanting time of year where you're encouraged to pamper your partner with affection. Whether you're in a relationship or enjoying the single life, the traditions of Valentine's Day are unavoidable. Roses, chocolates, the color red - it's everywhere. A commercial holiday it might be, but that doesn't stop it from being fun.
From 1989-1992, my love towards the ladies was presented in Turtle form. On the fourteenth of February, I would distribute these small Valentine's Day cards to my fellow classmates. That was a solid 4 years where the kids of Whiting Elementary School were treated to some stellar Ninja appreciation. My close friends at the time, mostly all boys, probably loved the things. But, what about the girls in my class? I wonder if there was even one girl who thought to herself, "A Ninja Turtles Valentine?! That guy is so cool!!!"
I handed these Valentine's Day cards out to my classmates because I loved the Turtles. The words or themes they carried made no difference to me back then. But, would I still hand these out today? On Valentine's Day in 2011? After wiping off the dust and sifting through my Ninja Turtles collection once again, I have realized that there is an opportunity to see these old treasures from my childhood with a fresh set of eyes. And these Valentine's Day cards are no exception. Giving them a glance as an adult, they've put a very interesting question in my Turtle-loving mind...
Are the Ninja Turtles just a bunch of players? A few dudes playing hard to get - leading on the ladies? A few of their Valentine's Day cards really do have contradicting messages. The evidence is as clear as day...
LIKE?! Where's the love Leatherhead, where's the love?
"I like you as much as Pizza!" This one actually made me laugh out loud. I know the Turtles loved pizza (not liked), so I guess the card makes sense in theory. But, what if the person handing out these cards hated pizza? It'd be implying "I hate pizza and I hate you".
The whole thing is just a poor choice of words. I can't help but imagine the following scenario - an overbearing girl tells an uninterested guy that she really loves him. He doesn't love her, so searches for something to say. After stumbling on a few choice words, he finally mumbles out, "Ummm...I like you as much as pizza."
So if you feel like sending mixed signals to your true love this Valentine's Day, you've got a few great options here. And if handing out cards isn't your bag and you find yourself at a loss of words, there's always that timeless, romantic expression, "I like you as much as pizza."
Happy Valentine's Day from The Sewer Den.