Valentine's Day Makes McFools of Us All: A Sonnet

February 14, 2013 Humor, Personal, Poetry 22

Hello my Bookworms,

Today is Valentine’s Day. We’ve never been big on the hearts and cupids hoopla, but we celebrate in our own way. I’ve written a sonnet (Shakespeare, I am all kinds of sorry for using your rhyme scheme for such a piece of nonsense.) I dedicate this poem to my husband, Jim. He’s been putting up with my antics for nearly 10 years, so he deserves some (terrible) poetry.

Valentine’s Day Makes McFools of Us All.

The first Valentine’s we did celebrate…

It was not quite what we had intended.

‘Twas the first year we’d each had a date!

We’d expected a dinner, so splendid.

So out on the town we endeavored,

Too naive to have a reservation.

Oh, the wait times they could not be measured!

Waitstaff laughed at our sad situation.

Turned away by the finest of venues,

And exhausted by our fruitless pursuit,

We gave up, and thus sought out a drive-thru:

Inexpensive, and convenient to boot!

Many years from our failed expedition,

McDonald’s is our own sweet tradition.

This was taken a month or two into dating. Giddy young love was a good look for us.

This was taken a month or two into dating. Giddy young love was a good look for us. (I just noticed this, but if you look in the background, you can see my childhood dog Benny, photo-bombing. That dog was so far ahead of his time…)

That story is 100% true, even if the iambic pentameter doesn’t completely work. We seriously drove around for hours getting laughed out of restaurants. Young, silly couples who are awkward at dating don’t understand the importance of reservations on Valentine’s Day. We got annoyed, got McDonald’s, and ate it on the floor of my bedroom. (Oh, this isn’t our ONLY holiday story involving fast food. If you ask REALLY nicely, someday I’ll tell you about New Year’s Eve at Long John Silver’s…) Happy Valentine’s Day, Jim! I look forward to spending the evening with you, the television, and Mickey D’s.

So, Bookworms… Will, um, all of you be my Valentine? (Jim promises he’s cool with it. I told him T-Swift could be his this year.)

22 Responses to “Valentine's Day Makes McFools of Us All: A Sonnet”

  1. Quirky Chrissy

    I remember when you came home, and I too laughed at you guys…Luckily, around these parts, there are more restaurants that couples, so I should be able to find a nice restaurant for dinner this evening…If I end up in the Portillo’s Drive Thru tonight, though…I’ll be thinking of you.

  2. JoulesDellinger

    Yeah, my husband told me last night that Qdoba is having a special for Valentine’s Day (something like buy one get one free or whatever). I just stared at him. He then said that he went to Qdoba recently and had a really good salad. I just stared at him. Then he said, “Soooo do you want to go to Qdoba tomorrow night?” I just stared at him.

    Morale of the story: We will NOT be going to Qdoba tonight. McDonald’s is a maybe.

  3. therelentlessreader

    Well that is the most adorable of all the adorable things 🙂 Happy V-Day to you and your honey 🙂

  4. didibooksenglish

    So cute to see somebody celebrating Valentine’s Day! My husband hates it and refuses to celebrate it so I just act like it doesn’t exist. Happy Valentine’s Day! 🙂

  5. Sarah Says Read

    OMG you two in young love are so cute!!! And I love that your V-Day tradition is so laid-back and unique 🙂

    Last year we went to have a nice dinner, but the wait was at least an hour everywhere we went, so we got Chinese food and went home to eat in our pj’s and watch tv. Being together is definitely what’s important.

    • Words for Worms

      Heck yes! Chinese food in PJs is where it’s AT. I know some people are all about grand romantic gestures… But the year that Jim tried to surprise me by getting ice cream sundaes at McD’s to go with our dinner, slipped on the ice, and ended up covered in caramel sauce? That’s more my style. 🙂

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