Thank you so much for the exquisite valentine. The valves on it are my favorite part. Oh, and that you sutured them on too! Who knew you were such a good suture-er, of valves? It took me almost all day to realize that by blowing into the valves, I could make music. I played every love song I could think of, and then every other song I could think of, and then, I just carried the valentine outside and let the wind blow through it and that was the best song of all: Think bagpipes meets chimes meets whistling. And wow, I wasn’t even sure you knew I existed. How did you get my address? I guess, as they say, love found a way. I’m a little embarrassed though that I don’t have something equally as extraordinary for you. I tried to cut you a heart out of construction paper, but it came out lopsided and so I did that folding trick and managed to finally make a decent heart, but I then I remembered that thing Rilke said about the place where the fold is being a lie and even when I smoothed out the fold, I didn’t feel right about it. I mean, I don’t want to give you a hidden lie, or any lie at all. I tried not to think of origami because suddenly origami seemed like the biggest pack of lies imaginable. So many folds! I ended up abandoning the construction-paper project altogether and just consoled myself with some stroking of the valves. So, I don’t know. I’m sorry I don’t have a valentine for you. Though, I just realized, that what I do have, is some valen-time. As you can see, I am spending my valen-time on you, so I hope that means something. Valen-time must mean something. Is valen-time, love time? I think it might be. Also, there was a big sign in the window of the supermarket today advertising "Honeybelle Oranges," so I will buy you some of those tomorrow, because I have a hunch they'll be so sweet and ripe.
I was out walking in the rain earlier and found a wet fortune from a fortune cookie on the sidewalk. Strangely, this happens to me more often than seems normal. I mean, I usually don't see people eating Chinese food on the street, especially in winter and the closest Chinese restaurant is 5 blocks away. It could be that people have fortunes in their pockets and when they pull out gloves or keys, the fortunes fall out too and then I find them. That is but one hypothesis among many and probably the most rational. The other guesses have to do with ideas about gigantic invisible fortune cookies that float like blimps in the sky etcetera, etcetera.
The fortune today read, "You are a bundle of energy, always on the go." What a shitty fortune. It's not even a fortune. I've noticed a steady decline in fortune cookie fortunes and it's rather unsettling to say the least. Fortune cookie fortunes are supposed to entice the recipient with something that will be, not something that already is unless it is a something one has forgotten and would do well to be reminded of. Here are some good fortunes: "You will receive a wonderful gift in the mail. You have a secret admirer. A great opportunity awaits." I don't even mind the ones that have little instructions often in the form of aphorisms like, "Don't count your chickens before they are hatched." or "Family is life's greatest treasure." Like most of us, there is usually not a time wherein I could not afford to reflect upon some timeless wisdom, but "You are a bundle of energy, always on the go?" Firstly, it wasn't true. I was not a bundle of energy this morning. I hadn't even had coffee yet. Secondly, what's with this "always on the go?" I hate that. I'm not always on the go. I decided that the fortune could use some editing. I crossed out- “a, bundle, of, on, the, and go.” Now my fortune reads, "You are energy, always." I feel much better.
There are treasures in the streets my friends, treasures in the streets.