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February 14, 2011


Happy Valentines Day, XOXO, pic:

we definitely need something lovey-dovey on this Valentine’s day dedicated to celebration of love:  XOXO

This abbreviation means kisses and hugs – not just on Valentines Day but generally.  It is often used by teenagers, but not exclusively.  It is also used at the end of a letter or email or text message to express affection and/or love.

The general wisdom is, that the X represents kisses – to mouths touching in a kiss – and the O represents two pairs of arms stretched out in the beginning of a hug.   I thought this whole XOXO thing was something really new, like from the 80s or 90s but turns out that the X was used to symbolize kisses already back in the 18th century.  The use of the O for hugs in newer.

This expression is up close and personal and should only be used with friends or family.  It is certainly not appropriate in a business context.

In the spirit of Valentines Day: XOXO to all!

February 14, 2011

Bubbleboy’s Valentine

Valentine’s Day is upon us with all its pink and red heart-shaped might and a lot of stressed out teenagers and adults who ponder such weighty questions as “what if anything should I give a girl-friend/boyfriend of three months for valentines?” and “Is a dinner at the steakhouse okay or does it have to be the fancy French place?”

Valentine's Day craziness, pic: (c) Tina Baumgartner

My naive hope had been that my young son would be spared the craziness because Valentines Day is about romantic love and at this point in his life all my son loves are his parents, his grandparents, some friends, his teddy bear,  Luke Skywalker and on some days Harry Potter.

As mentioned, however, this hope was naive.  At school we are all friends, right, and therefore every kid has to give every other kids in his/her class a Valentine’s day card. Unthinkable to hurt a friend’s feeling by not giving him/her a card.  My first issue, as alluded to, is with Valentine’s day card giving 6 year olds in general  – they should just be spared this day, they’ll have a lifetime to agonize over it.

And if they really really must be pulled into this isn’t it part of the deal that one feels special because one gets a card from cute Johnny while little Jane over there doesn’t. Cruel? Well, maybe – such is life.   Just wait until you are in high-school, then we’ll talk cruel again.

Now if my very social and outgoing child would come to me and say “Mom, I want to give everybody a card so nobody feels bad” I’d hug and kiss the little guy for such a brilliant sentiment and go and buy enough cars for everybody.  But make it a rule?

Tree-hugging European that I am, I am thinking of 1500 kids in my sons school giving each 20 cards and I shudder.  That is 30,000 cards in his school alone.

This is utter craziness.