The Cherub’s Valentine’s Card
Cupid had been promoted to Project Manager this year and he took his new duties very seriously. He had reorganized the flowcharts and onboarded a new crew of arrowers for optimal solutioning. His Operations Director was so impressed that Cupid received a bonus on Valentine’s Day.
“Go out and have some fun with your new girlfriend,” the Director said. “I know you haven’t been able to spend much time together since your promotion.”
Oh no! Cupid had completely forgotten about his girlfriend. He thanked his boss for the bonus and rushed out of the office to the jewelry store, hoping to find a last-minute gift. But it was closed.
“Flowers!” Cupid said. He ran down the street to the florist.
“Roses?” The florist laughed. “Sorry, buddy. It’s Valentine’s Day. You have to order those in advance. How about a nice fern?”
Cupid didn’t want to give his girlfriend a fern. He suspected she might already be a tad bit annoyed with him for failing to make romantic plans in advance. He needed to give her something nice, to prove he’d been thinking about her, when he actually hadn’t been.
A pretty card and a box of candy! Girls loved chocolate. Cupid didn’t have time to go to the mall, so he decided to get candy at the drugstore. Chocolate was chocolate, right? He grabbed a extra large candy bar and a card that had a teddy bear on the front holding a glittery pink heart. Perfect!
Cupid paid for his treats and jogged to his girlfriend’s place. “Happy Valentine’s Day!” he said and gave her a big hug.
“Thanks, Cupid!” she took the gift bag. “You shouldn’t have. I didn’t get anything for you since we’ve only been on two dates.”
“I just wanted to let you know that you’re important to me,” he said. “I hope you like chocolate!”
She took out the bar and started to open it. “Oh, my God this candy has nuts.”
Cupid stared in horror as she began to wheeze and cough. He called emergency and they came immediately.
“Didn’t you see her peanut allergy bracelet?” one of the EMT’s asked Cupid on the way to the hospital.
“No. I mean, I thought it was one of those New Age things.” Cupid sure felt stupid. He had the bag with him, in case they needed to test the candy.
But they didn’t and his girlfriend ended up fine. He held her hand as she rested in her hospital bed.
“This was an unexpected way to spend Valentine’s Day,” she said.
“I’m sorry,” Cupid said. “It’s all my fault for not being prepared. I threw the chocolate away, but I still have a card for you.”
She opened it. “I will be beary happy if you will be my Valentine!”
Cupid was a little embarrassed. This was a child’s card. He had made things worse by giving it to her and he should have just thrown it away. “I’m sorry,” he said. “Next year I’ll–”
“Don’t be sorry!” she said. “This is adorable. I’ll be your Valentine if you don’t bring me any more peanuts.”
“It’s a deal,” Cupid said.