I work with a guy who grew up in Nigeria. He came to the states for college, met the love of his life, and has decided to stay. He has married his girl according to Nigerian custom (she’s half Nigerian), and they are having their American wedding in May. He’s the nicest guy, always thoughtful and considerate, and very generous.
BUT, he has planned nothing for his sweetheart today! And this is their first Valentine’s Day together. I stumbled upon his faux pas just a few minutes ago while I was chatting to me. He said, “Today is the 14th, right? Valentine’s Day?”
I jumped right on him and demanded to know if he’d planned anything for his love. He said he hadn’t really thought about it. I made such a ruckus that 3 other people in the office came over to see what was going on. We all dropped our jaws when he told us he hadn’t done anything yet, and then we all started talking at once giving him ideas.
It’s too late for him to have flowers delivered to her at work, all the florists are swamped, so we told him to go buy his own card and flowers and take them to her at work himself before lunch. Then he needs to tell her that he’d like to take her out to a nice lunch. She works at our local University, and my friend’s favorite place to eat is Chik-Fil-A in the student union, but I told him that he can NOT take her there for lunch.
So, I think we successfully freaked him out, and he should be leaving within the hour to hunt down a card and flowers and take his sweetie to lunch. I gave him a hard time…I asked him if they didn’t celebrate V-Day in Nigeria…and he said they did, he’d just gotten busy and hadn’t thought about it.
I told him that maybe after they’ve been married a couple years, they’ll talk about how they want to celebrate together, but until then, he needs to at least acknowledge the day with her. Hee hee.
The Colonel gave me a cute card and a book of the 50 greatest on-screen kisses this morning. It was very sweet. I gave him a sappy card and some of his favorite candy, and tonight we’ll eat heart shaped pizza and heart shaped cake, and I’ll give him another card – one I made myself.
Happy Valentine’s Day! Don’t forget your loved one today!