(FEB) VALENTINES DAY

By Jug Varner

There must be some military valentines out there on the www, but so far I have found none. The closest thing is this military Valentines Day story that JayPMarine e-mailed to me:

Little David came home from first grade and told his father what he had learned about the history of Valentine's Day, then asked, “Since Valentine's Day is for a Christian saint and we're Jewish, will God get mad at me for giving someone a valentine?”

David's father thought a bit, then answered, “No, I don't think God would get mad. Who do you want to give a valentine to?”

“Osama Bin Laden,” the kid replied.

Somewhat taken aback, his father asked, “Why would you want to give one to him?”

“Well,” David explained, “I thought if a little American Jewish boy could have enough love to give Osama a valentine, he might start to think that maybe we're not all bad, and maybe start loving people a little bit. And if other kids saw what I did and sent valentines to Osama, he'd love everyone a lot. And then he'd start going all over the place to tell everyone how much he loved them and how he didn't hate anyone anymore.”

His father's heart swelled and he looked at his boy with newfound pride. “David, that's the most wonderful thing I've ever heard.”

“I know,” David agreed, “and once that gets him out in the open, the Marines could blow him away!”

Aside from that, I found some interesting history about this time-honored day that David probably learned. If you want to know more about it, too, click on the following links:

http://www.historychannel.com/exhibits/valentine/

http://www.mcny.com/luv14.htm

I am sure there are others.

By the way, if you find any military valentines on the web, let me know.