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Happy Snowstorm Day — Pft

The weather has pretty much ruined my joy in this day. I wish better for you.

A comedy of Eros:

On February 13th, I ordered flowers for my love to be delivered to his place of work on Valentine’s Day. Just moments after placing the order, my love casually informs me that due to an incoming snowstorm, he is not going to work on Valentine’s Day. Of course he says this as if it is of little consequence to me where he spends the day, since I am almost clear across the continent.

I immediately call the flower shop and beg to change the delivery time. I ask for same day delivery. They assure me they can do it, but it will be late in the day. I say, “No problem,” after all, his calendar is clear, and he usually works late. Of course about an hour and a half later, I learn he is going home early.

So, the moral of his story is, Valentine’s Day causes nothing but stress. I hereby declare it cancelled. Pft.

Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. Quilly, Valentine’s Day was invented by marketing executives without patience to be tormented by demons in the afterlife. The frustrated are the lucky ones.

  2. Quilly, no woman lacks the right to petulance. You have to understand, my only approach to a positive spin is the double-negative.

  3. Doug — I don’t not understand. You are an interesting collection of contradictions yourself.

    Suresh — I didn’t want the flowers for me, but I would enjoy seeing your pictures.

  4. Jill — and the thought was well received. He liked my intent, and when the roads are passable he will get the flowers. Except for the spoiled surprise, I really have no reason to pout — but reason seldom has anything to do with pouting.

  5. Pauline — well, I’m glad someone enjoyed the mishap.

    Polona — not “any other day”, every other day!

    OC — keep reminding me when I get stressed that there is an end in sight. (And I hope you now better understand why my mood underwent such a drastic change so suddenly in the middle of our conversation!) :*

    Dr. John — I’d rather have a compuer then flowers. Betty probably would, too. I remember in one of her posts she said you don’t share very well.

  6. Now that’s a modern woman – sending flowers to her man! Being that most florists are small businesses and that St Valentine’s Day is their biggest day of the year, I wholeheartedly agree with giving in to this commercialism. If we didn’t, my parents (among other florists) would be bankrupt!

  7. Mumma — God made flowers for everybody!

    Lori — aren’t I blessed?

    Bill — thank you. It did turn out well, despite the flowers not being delivered.

    Melli — I am so relieved to hear that.

  8. He won’t care when he gets the flowers Quilly, just that you thought of it. We’re snowed, iced and cabin fevered in too. My Valentine from Pap was a club sandwich he made himself. Good enough!

  9. Lowered expectations are a good thing. These made up holidays just make for heartache and stress. I’d rather receive flowers on a Tuesday in March when I’ve had a bad day. Then, I know someone is really thinking about me and not just responding to pressure.

  10. Kat — indeed, he said something similar.

    Nessa — I wholly agree, but you see, he is under some stress and I just wanted to cheer him up. From 2800 miles away, one is limited in how to do that.

    Doug — thank you! I thought I was quite clever, too, but I didn’t think anyone else had noticed.

  11. You should have driven there yourself, I mean it was Valentine´s after all and no stress hsoudl be spared, I am sure You could keep your class busy cuttign out little hearts for teh card to go with teh flowers 🙂

    just kidding, I think it is lovely to give and get flowers and your love probably would disect them anyway and analyze their plasma…imagine the blood bath! It is best tehy did not get there….

    I am really tired, cna you tell ?

    Happy belated Valentine to you and yours and all of us!

  12. Been there. Done that. Sent flowers to a girlfriend who decided not to work that weekend. The flowers were wilted by the next weekend she did work. Oh well, it’s the thought, right?

  13. Minka — it’s a five day drive. Besides, they were having a snow storm. IMO, snow is a dirty word, pristine white or not. AS to OC dissecting the roses, he did say something about making tea ….

    Gawpo — as of noon today PDST, 3:00 E, the flowers still had not arrived, and he was at work, but he said the roads were still horrid, so I shouldn’t worry.

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