A Special Valentine Thank You

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” ~ Melody Beattie

The Elixir of Love

African Cacao Processer, Source: Unknown

Sweet little cacao bean processers who work tirelessly for our Valentine’s Day chocolate fix, we appreciate what you do. Please only skip school if you can’t meet your quota otherwise. Your education may be the key to your future, but we really do need our chocolate.

When mega-giants like Hershey’s® and Mars® finally come on board with the Fair Trade movement, you and your family might get to be paid equitably for this busy time of year and you can rise out of poverty. No matter what those crazy vegans do or say, it is so hard for us to be happy without it.  We really do hope to be more thoughtful of you in the future, but until then, thank you.

Milk: It Does The Candy Good

Cow Udder, Source: Wikipedia.org
Cow Udder, Source: Wikipedia.org

Beautiful factory-farmed dairy cow, everyone knows that the bitterness of cocoa powder is made better with your dairy and some sugar. We really are sorry about taking your children from you; it’s just something we have to do. We can’t have them drinking our milk!

It’s really a bummer that only the females make milk, otherwise we’d likely steal from male babies too; then they wouldn’t have to be sent off for veal. Please don’t judge us. We blame our mothers from weaning us too soon. And change is so very, very hard for us as adults.

One day, we might have to give up our addiction to your breast milk. But for today, and any day that we don’t necessarily want to think too muchthank you. You are literally giving your lives — your babies’ lives — so that we may enjoy a few seconds of pleasure for Valentine’s Day.

When You Care Enough To Pulp The Very Best

Long Needle Pines Stretching Their Arms
Earth’s Air Filters

Oh, beautiful trees you make possible the perfect card to express love to our Valentine. Nothing quite says “I love you” to the people in our lives like pretty typeset on heavy card-stock, maybe some glitter and felt. I love all the pretty possibilities displayed in my neighborhood Hallmark® store.

Until we get with the program of finding other ways to show our appreciation for each other, we must rely on your pulp fibers instead.

Please don’t feel slighted when we toss you straight into the bin the next day; we really only need you for this one special day.

Hey. Thanks for being there for us.

Re-purposed Oxygen, Source: Unknown

Hug Your Corporation – It’s a Person Too

To the marketers and advertisers of corporate America, you just seem to know what makes us happy. Without your efforts, we would have no idea that a pajama-gram is what she really wants, and we especially love the TV commercials every 5 minutes, roadside billboards to distract our driving, drive-through flower stands, and internet pop-up windows to remind us that we have a duty to consume.

You really know how to get to our hearts. Thank you for helping us to keep the cycle going strong.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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