Valentine’s Day: Realities Don’t Always Rhyme HEAD HONCHO HELLO FOR FEBRUARY 2014

NOSTALGIA 2014: My still-sentimental self thought this 2004 pad could revive a time when every kid in the classroom got valentines. Then again, was that time actually so idyllic? Navigating classroom valentine dynamics was serious and humiliating stuff.

The best Valentine’s Day of my life was in high school, and I can’t say that many since have even come close. Kind of sad that the standout was twenty-five years ago. By contrast, I seem to have a great New Year’s Eve—the other over-promise-and-under-deliver holiday—about every five years, separated by ones that aren’t merely mediocre but instead pretty much …

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