This week’s ‘Writing Challenge’ prompt begins with a ‘cute’ story about the prompter’s first date with their wife ‘the day after Valentine’s.’ He continues: ‘Our annual un-Valentine’s has since become an inside joke and a beloved ritual.’ All the single ladies try not to throw up…(A phrase I have shoe-horned into the tune of Beyoncé’s ‘Single Ladies’ à la Billy Mack; where he worked with Christmas I tackle vom.)
Although, obviously very happy for the prompter and family, that off-the-cuff admission of an in-joke might not feel so great to any of the single people out there who aren’t voluntarily flying solo this Friday the 14th.
Consequently, I have put together three ideas on how you might alternatively spend some proportion of that twenty-four hour period:
- Don’t combat love, love is great, that’s why the lonely aren’t generally skipping through meadows filled with butterflies. Do, however, combat the saccharin, ersatz ‘love.’ Stay in but don’t sob over a romcom watch something ‘real.’ My movie of choice? Buffalo ’66 . Not gritty realism, but a fairy tale you can get a handle on. You’ll start so curing eBay for sparkly tap shoes or red leather boots. You’ll wish somebody got you a hot chocolate and a heart-cookie this year; a dozen red roses? Forgeddaboudit.
- Go out on a date with your mate(s). Those saps with the roses can’t be having as much fun as you. After all, Fridays came before Valentine’s day.
- And finally, if you really want to find someone this year, to spend next year’s joyous holiday with, remember: No-one likes that kid crying in the corner. Confidence Cohen.