A wonderful gift is to know someone so well that he sends you the right Valentine’s card. I’m not given to treacly sentiments; I don’t like roses unless they are wild and smell heavenly; and surely I don’t need more jewelry.
So this morning, Valentine’s Day, I found the card below at my place at the table.
It says, “I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.” –Elwyn Brooks White.
I had to look him up to recognize him as E.B. White, the author of Charlotte’s Web and the co-author (with Strunk) of Elements of Style. It made me laugh with delight. Which is perfect for Valentine’s Day.