|Valentine's Day Sucks, 2007|
I made the illustration to the left back in 2007 when I was trying to establish a relationship with a potential book partner. She was writing a book about sad children and I was going to illustrate it. Last I heard she still hadn't finished it. My point though is when thinking about sadness and disappointment, I thought about how rough affection can be on the people who aren't getting any. In a kid's world, that can be pretty devastating.
Now, I'm not necessarily a proponent on the whole "everybody gets a trophy" culture, but there might be some merit to the practice of making sure children give a valentine to everyone if they're giving them out.
I do want to admit though that giving the unhappy girl not cute hair and big glasses was trite. Although it does make the point.
So Happy Valentine's Day readers! I hope someone grabs you, holds you tight, and won't let go. And I hope it's not a stranger in an alley.