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14. Valentine’s Day [365 project]

“It’s just a day,” he said. “Doesn’t mean anything.”

“Then why are you wearing all red?”

“An accident,” he said.

“And why have you been talking about how lonely you feel?”

“An accident,” he said. “I don’t often feel like talking about how I get lonely.”

“And why are you trying to convince me that today doesn’t mean anything?”

“Because it doesn’t,” he said.

“Or because it means more than you’re willing to admit.”

“It’s a holiday created by greeting card companies. It’s a construct! You know, a construct. Like gender,” he said.

“But it means a lot to you.”

“What today symbolizes can’t mean anything to me if I don’t have what’s supposed to be symbolized,” he said.

“Like I’ve been saying: it means a lot to you. There’s nothing wrong with that. Lots of people want to be thought of.”

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