I kid you not (name that talk show host), the following is attributed to the Washington Post:
"Why do people give each other flowers? To celebrate various important occasions, they're killing living creatures? Why restrict it to plants? "Sweetheart, let's make up. Have this deceased squirrel."
What would you prefer to receive from your sweetheart today, a deceased squirrel(please use your imagination here, this is a violence free site) . . .
While I wait for your answer, here are a few flower quotes to ponder.
We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.
I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.
Where flowers bloom so does hope.
Lady Bird Johnson, Public Roads: Where Flowers Bloom
Even though he was tempted this year to throw caution to the wind and offer up a unique, recycled, earth (but not rodent) friendly expression of affection like the aforementioned; cooler heads prevailed, tradition triumphed, and the love of my life these thirtysomething years(The Professor) presented me with these:
I must admit, I agree with Emma--I'd rather have roses, too.
Whatever your relationship status this Valentine's Day, go take a gander at this expression of love: the Free Hugs Campaign.
And grab your hankie, you're gonna need it.