VALENTINE'S DAY KISSES
written by Debbie Williamson
"Hey Mom," said five year old Jack. "Tomorrow is Valentine's Day. Our teacher said that we should bring Valentine's cards and give them to the girls. I don't like girls, Mom. Do I have to give cards to the girls?"
"Honey," said Mother. "You don't have to give cards to the girls, if you don't want to."
"Good," said Jack. "I don't like girls!"
"What did you say?" laughed Father when he walked by the kitchen door. "You don't like girls!"
"No," said Jack. "I don't like girls."
"It's Valentine's Day tomorrow," Mother explained.
"Oh!" said Father. "I see. Jack, I suppose that you don't want to give the girls Valentine's cards, right!"
"That's right, Daddy!" exclaimed Jack. "I don't want to give the girls any Valentine's cards."
"But why, Jack?" Father asked. "You don't know the fun you'll be missing out on."
"What do the girls ever do, that's nice to me?" asked Jack. "All they do is tease me and take my lunch from me."
"Ah son," said Father. "Everyone in your class will be giving out cards. What are you going to do when all the girls give you cards?"
"They won't," said Jack. "Will they?"
"Oh!" said Mother. "They will. Girls always like to give out Valentine's cards. Why, I just bet your friend, Kenny, is at home making his cards right now?"
"You think so," said Jack. "He doesn't like girls, either."
"Here," said Daddy. "Why don't you give Kenny a call?"
Mother dialed Kenny's telephone number.
"Hello Kenny," said Jack. "What are you doing?"
"I'm making Valentine's cards," said Kenny. "What are you doing?"
"Well," said Jack. "I was just thinking about making my Valentine's cards."
Both Mother and Father smiled to themselves.
Jack hung up the telephone and turned to his Dad.
"Hey Dad," said Jack. "I was wondering if you could take me to the store. I need to get some red construction paper."
"Sure son," his father said. "Let's go."
Jack and his father bought some construction paper, some scissors, some glue and even some frilly doilies. Both Mother and Father helped Jack with his cards.
Jack had great fun the next day at the Valentine's party. He didn't even mind it when a few of the girls gave him a kiss.