I’m not a big believer in Valentine’s Day. Well, let me rephrase that. I think we should take Valentine’s Day with a big grain of salt. Hallmark made this up, people. And if it’s really important to you then either let your significant other know or be grown-up enough not to be mad if they don’t perform up to your standards.
My standards are pretty low. I like a card. A hug. And some office supplies.
I’ve never actually received office supplies. Chad likes to give me plants, most of which I’ve killed. He also likes to give me the candy he gets at the office, which is fine by me because it’s usually pretty good stuff. I’m just not in need of a fancy dinner or expensive jewelry or a big vase of roses on V-Day. And apparently lots of other people aren’t either. In fact, I read this morning that more people are focusing on giving Valentine’s gifts to their children and work friends than ever before. Some are even giving office supplies.
“Valentine’s Day isn’t a holiday that you typically think about office supplies, but we are seeing customers being a little more creative this year in what they are giving for the occasion,” said Jason Shockley, spokesman for Office Depot.
I almost laughed out loud when I read this quote over my pre-dawn tooth brushing session. But then I felt a little glow, because I would LOVE to receive office supplies. For any occasion. For me, there are few things more tantalizing than a perfect, untouched notebook, a pretty stapler, file folders with cute patterns or a brand new package of fine-point Sharpies in all colors. I like little boxes for organizing, calendars, tape dispensers, multi-colored or oddly shaped paper clips, decorative pushpins and magnets, and pads of post-its with jokes on them. All of these things are rife with possibility for articles to be written, files to be organized and important papers to clip together in an aesthetically pleasing way.
So Chad, if you’re reading, I really do love jewelry. But give me a pink-and-green paisley file folder set and I’ll be over the moon.