Saturday, February 13, 2010

Young. Love. Happy Valentine's Day.

I am in third grade. I'm wearing a pink dress, maybe. And pigtails are popping out of the sides of my head, springing about as I move. I am eating a cupcake, also pink, with sprinkles. And there is punch. Red punch. And it tastes sticky and heavy and perfect.

I have a red mustache. But I do not care because I am in the third grade. Mrs. Nelson says You may open your valentines. I am very excited about my Valentines. They are in a pink lunch bag with strips of paper for legs and arms, folded accordion-style. It is a Valentine-Man.

I sort through the Valentines, but I do not open them. Yet. Some of them are fat, bulging with little pieces of candy. The bulgy Valentines are from the rich kids. I am not a rich kid. Right now I do not care about the bulgy ones.

I find the one I want.

I look up. Kevin is smiling at me as I hold his Valentine. Open it, he mouths from across the room.

My face feels hot. Is everybody watching me open my very special Valentine? From Kevin?

No. Everyone is hollering and laughing and eating crunchy conversation hearts that say "I Do" and "Be Mine". I do not care for the taste of conversation hearts. But Mom showed me how to lick the back of the heart and stick it on my forehead, right between my eyes.

My hands are a little shaky. I smile at Kevin and look away real quick. Then I carefully open the Valentine. It is the shape of a bear. The bear is holding a heart. I turn it over. Kevin has written on the back.

Your Sweet.

I blush. I look over at Kevin. He is smiling. I look down. At the Valentine.

I try not to think it. But I do, anyway.

You're Sweet, Kevin. You are sweet.

Sometimes being really good at grammar sucks.


Amanda P said...

hahaha. Same thing that came to my mind. Look what you've done to me.

Reisner said...

Your so funny!