By Edie McGinnis
Valentineâ€™s Day is tomorrow. We are being inundated with ads for flowers, candy and cards. Iâ€™m particularly amused by an ad Iâ€™ve seen lately.
The ad shows a manâ€™s hands holding a big bouquet of roses, and a voice says, â€œLoves me.â€
Then you see the hands holding a pair of pink, red and white socks with hearts on them. The voice says, â€œLoves me not.â€
And on it goes, flowers or a toaster, loves me, loves me not. Flowers or a chain saw, loves me, loves me not. OK, I confess, I made up the part about the chain saw, because I donâ€™t really remember what else the ad shows. But you get the idea.
I did notice that they did not take the quilter into consideration. There was no guy standing there with a big bouquet of flowers with the â€œloves meâ€ statement followed by him with his hands full of red and white fabric bundles saying, â€œLoves me not.â€
Oh, wait a minute, maybe Iâ€™m wrong about that. Maybe there is some brilliant ad executive out there who quilts or has a wife who quilts. If so, they avoided the brouhaha they might have created by saying a gift of fabric would imply that your significant other â€œloved you not.â€
I once overheard my sons talking about what to give as a gift to a girlfriend for Valentineâ€™s Day. My youngest said, â€œGo get one of those bouquets at the grocery store. Theyâ€™re only four bucks, and women love that stuff!â€ Iâ€™ve never decided if he was just cheap or if he had figured out that it was the thought that counted.
Personally, I love getting flowers, but Iâ€™m not sure they would hold a candle to fat quarters of red and white fabrics, especially if a man had taken the time and made the effort to go to the quilt shop and chose them. And if I ever found a guy who would give me a red and white quilt for Valentineâ€™s Day, I would be able to find a gazillion ways to show my appreciation. Loves me not? I donâ€™t think so!
Edie McGinnis is an author and editor for Kansas City Star Quilts. She writes every Friday.