Thoughtful Boyfriend Buys Valentine's Day Gift
DOVER, Del. (DPI) - Chet Fitzpatrick surprised his
girlfriend of seven months with a gift of flowers, teddy bear and tennis
bracelet a full day before the mandatory date. The gift was
actually chosen and ordered an unprecedented four to six weeks ago to
This is an important day for Jen (his nickname for Jennifer) and
I didn't want to leave anything up to chance," said Fitzpatrick. "I actually
picked it out before Christmas. I mean, it's not like we don't know
that Valentine's Day will be right around the corner."
But not everyone is pleased with Fitzpatrick's foresight, including
several local men who feel this might start an ugly trend. "If our
wives find out about this, it will be trouble for all us regular
Joes," said Earl
Swarski, a neighbor and long-time gift procrastinator.
"It's hard enough picking up some leftover daisies at Kroger's floral
department on our way home from work, and a Valentine card, or at
one that doesn't say 'Happy Birthday,' at the checkout line. I don't
appreciate him coming in and raising the bar for the rest of us."
The sentiment seems to have split down gender lines. "I think he's
sweet," said Gloria Ventner, a secretary and receiver of last-
tokens of love. "Last year my guy gave me $15 to go get my own, and
told me to give him back the change! My friend Susan got a gift
certificate for KFC."
Another complaint came from Sam Wilkins,
electrician and typical inconsiderate male. "Just wait till he's been married a while," said Wilkins. "Mr. Loverboy will be
singin' a different tune." Also concerned are those associated with
convenience stores and roadside flower stands. Rameen Aboosh of The
National Association of Convenience Store Owners (NACSO) does not like
the idea of such a break with tradition. "I have stocked up on many
$4.95 boxes of chocolates for the mad rush of desperate men at 7:30
on the 14th," he said. "If this does not happen, I will be forced to sell them
heavy discount on the 15th."
The full impact of this thoughtful act remains to be seen, but Chet
hinted that his plans for her birthday in June are already in the
and will be even bigger and better. An anonymous male bystander,
clinching his fists, was heard mumbling, "Pretty boy's going down!"
(Reported by Buddy Fisher)
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