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You’re Mine: A Valentine from Bianca Stone
In the 1990′s, it seems I was only laboring over which Valentine to give Peter MacIntyre. It was a delicate matter, as subtleties are not lost on 3rd graders.
Should I choose something terrifying, like the one that said (simply) “I Love You” inside a Ninja Turtle heart? Certainly not “Cowabunga, You’re Neat,” which would go to someone unimportant. “You Have a Pizza My Heart,” would probably be less frightening to Peter and would get the point across. And, of course, there was always the hyperbole of romance to the point of hostility, summed up in “YOU’RE MINE,” which never failed to hit home.
Though love was unrequited (I got the equivalent of “You’re Neat”), it never diminished my rawness on Valentines day.
In honor of my new book, Someone Else’s Wedding Vows, (which still feels like it was made by cutting out lopsided hearts on construction paper) here is my Valentine mailbox covered in doilies for you.
Bianca Stone’s Someone Else’s Wedding Vows will be published by Tin House Books and Octopus Books in March 2014.
Musical Credit: Miles Davis.