Sunday, January 24, 2010

seasonal depression...

... not only do I have to endure the endless holiday office Christmas parties and family functions alone and the barrage of inappropriate questions about why I am still single... or even the surprise "we invited our balding thrice divorced 20 years your senior single friend who I KNOW you'll just love" to our party ...

Now I must have Valentine's Day shoved down my throat. There is no crueler day of the calendar year than that of Valentine's Day. So when cruelty and holidays collide, the weak-willed find solace in self-pity and comfort foods. And now, Despair Inc. is pleased to announce that we've combined BOTH into a radical new offering.





My favorites: TABLE FOR 1, I CRY ON Q, U C MY BLOG?, MAIL ORDER, SETTLE 4LESS, I'M HOT INSIDE, RATHER DRINK, MUTUAL DISGUST, USED U 4 FUN, I GOT SOBER, U LEFT SEAT UP, NO FIX FOR DUMB

18 comments:

nazareth priest said...

Oh dear.
Get thee to a nunnery (at least for Valentine's Day)...
You don't have to stay there, but, for the love of, well, you know.
Nasty bastards.
Sorry, folks, I hope I'm scandalizing the faithful, here.
You go, girl!
Illegitimus non carborandum.
("Don't let the bastards get you down.").

Thom Curnutte, S.F.O. said...

Valentine's day makes me sad, too.

Quinault said...

Forgiveness Vespers for us Orthodox is on Valentines day this year. Nothing says "romantic holiday" like sweaty, smelly hugs, tears and prostrations.

Fr. Gary V. said...

I love Valentine's Day because I don't have to worry what to give to someone special.

Donna said...

CC--you're not alone. I'm in the same situation. I'm past the age in which people ask me the "why are you still single" question. I've always been single, though. I've endured all of what you mention. Before I was a Catholic, I went to a church that had a Valentine's Day party for singles. It was made known to me that lest you had a "date," you would not feel particularly comfortable. It hurt. Personally, I like Fr. Gary V.'s solution.

Donna said...

CC--you're not alone. I'm in the same situation. I'm past the age in which people ask me the "why are you still single" question. I've always been single, though. I've endured all of what you mention. Before I was a Catholic, I went to a church that had a Valentine's Day party for singles. It was made known to me that lest you had a "date," you would not feel particularly comfortable. It hurt. Personally, I like Fr. Gary V.'s solution.

Craig said...

I find it interesting that valentine's day and Single's Awareness Day (or SAD for short) are the same day every year...I'm debating on celebrating SAD this year with all of my single friends or spending the night curled up on the couch watching TV shows/movies that all remind me of how single I am...

Just another mad Catholic said...

To make it worse, Febuary 14th falls on a Sunday this year which means I'll have to endure all of the Married people at Mass who DON't know me demanding an answer to why I'm 21, single and not in seminary- I'm going to try not to blow my temper when I tell them that I'm a University student whose only been Catholic for 2 years, has more cannonical impediments than you can shake a stick at (don't ask) and feels called to the married life

Jon said...

I've been married to my lovely wife for 20 yrs and 3 months.

However, were I suddenly thrust into singlehood at my age, I'd either

a) find a Benedictine monastery who'd take a duffer of 48 (no, seriously),
or
b)Move to an old house in Goochland County, Virginia, where I'd sit on my porch, sip fine branch water, and catch up on my Chesterton with an English bulldog I'd name Belloc at my feet.

There's more than one foretaste of heaven in this life.

Quit your whinin' young folks.

Terry Nelson said...

Your blog is a sit-com! You are so funny.

gretchen said...

Kat, my husband and I celebrated our 20th anniversary in May. We had planned to go away for a much-needed vacation on our own without our four lovely children.

Instead, we had the pleasure of sharing in the celebration of marriage of my very lovely yet never-married cousin (who is a year older than me) to an equally wonderful guy who is her same age and had also never married. They are a fabulous pair and are blissfully happy. They both feel the other was well worth the wait. Hang in there!

Mad Catholic, you're just a baby. Ignore all those crazy people who didn't listen to their mothers' manners lessons when they were young. You don't owe them any explanations anyway; that's strictly between you and God.

Let's celebrate the feast of St. Valentine's in a religious and not romantic fashion. That way even we old married types can't be disappointed!

Lvka said...

Well, Cat, here's something to cheer You up a bit. :-)

The Crescat said...

Your right, Lvka. That cheered me up immensely!

Mad Catholic, don't get me started on how mass can make you sad... sitting there alone amongst all the couples. It's a reminder every week I am not a member of a full family.

I am sure my parish will have some banal blessing of couples during the mass to make it more poignant I am missing something.

Terry I am glad I amuse you.

Niall Mor said...

Kat, I'm right there with you and I'm older than you. Y' know how Scrooge was with Christmas? That's me and Valentines Day. These days, for a variety of reasons, romance just isn't on the radar, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't like some company now and then.

Mrs Doyle said...

I don't hate Valentine's Day because I'm 25, single and gorgeously Catholic, I hate seeing perfectly sensible people get sucked into the commercial-ness of it all.

All of a sudden, people go strange, they spend too much money, get too smoochy and corny and worse! everyone in the same room is doing it too.....at the same time - YUCK!

Poor suckers.

Honestly, it's so tacky these days there's no meaning left.

I'll be honest with you, I'm glad I'm not part of it.
Any sign of silliness from my young man and I'd be out of there like a shot.

Maybe it's just me, but no-one has berated me for being single - most of my friends know what high standards I have and that's fine with me.

The best line to use when asked: 'Why aren't you married"? - "Because I haven't met anyone good enough that I've WANTED to marry"!

The Digital Hairshirt said...

I feel a practical joke coming on.

Maria said...

I am too old to be allowed permission to care. Now? I offer it up.

Badger Catholic said...

LOL, I GOT SOBER