It’s That Time of Year Again – International Crush Day

A year ago some blog friends were hosting a Happy Hour with the theme “It’s Just a Little Crush.” While a business trip kept me away from the boozefest, I extrapolated the concept to propose that 20 February be declared International Crush Day.

Among the things I wrote at the time:

I endorse, embrace, and enthusiastically support the crush.

In the same way that some would argue that the single cell organism is the purest form of life, I argue that the crush is the purest form of affection.  It is perfect, wholly contained, and needs no augment.  It can exist in a personal vacuum absent acknowledgment or reciprocity.  The Crush can be romantic, professional, artistic, vocational, social, bloggerational, and can even exist within the confines of a healthy relationship.  The crush is perfect.

To have a Crush is to engage whimsy, to embrace possibility, and in the extreme case to wrap oneself in the courage of romance.

So it’s that time again.  I encourage all of you to spend some time this Friday (International Crush Day is the rare holiday that ought to be celebrated a day in advance when falling on a weekend) declaring your appreciation to someone you’ve been crushing on.  It doesn’t matter what kind of crush it is, or whether it is based on affection or admiration.  What matters is telling someone that you like the way they make you smile when they enter a room, bend a phrase, play a horn, or curl a lip when having the first sip of coffee.  Whatever it is that makes you tingle, tell someone – across the room, or across the country, embrace the notion.

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p.s. please feel free to re-blog this, tweet about it, Facebook it or whatever other new media thingamabob you wish.

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20 Responses to It’s That Time of Year Again – International Crush Day

  1. k8 says:

    Well, it’s a good thing this is on Friday, because today I hate everyone and the entire universe. I might be able to calm down by then.

    Plenty of time to climb down from the peak of Mount Hatealot.

  2. Grace says:

    I love this! what a wonderful idea. I will be busy this Friday and Saturday telling people how much I like them.

    Fantastic, so glad to hear that you are going to help spread the word.

  3. brad says:

    Can do. Though my stats don’t reveal whether Christina Hendricks will ever see my post.

    Or entry.

    You know what? Way too much that’s-what-he-said content in this comment. I should just back away slowly.

    Don’t even get me started on the lovely Ms. Hendricks. Oddly, I almost included a picture of her in the header fr this post. By the by, did you know that if you google Jessica Rabbit images her picture shows up too?

  4. Jean says:

    That’s a wonderful day to mark on the calendar. Of course, maybe I’m a little extra inclined to be crush-positive right now since it’s because of a crush on a bartender that I went to the bar on the right night to meet the guy I’m with right now.

    Have you written about this story before and I missed it? Either way glad to know that a crush has developed into something positive for you.

  5. I love this concept. Telling someone you appreciate them is something I try to do, but admit not often enough.

    I love when someone tells me that they admire a particular trait about me and am always left thinking “wow, didn’t know I could impact anyone.”

    Will actively be participating this Friday.

    I don’t think that very many of us communicate our appreciation of others with as a great a frequency as we might like. Glad to know that you are on board.

  6. Kier says:

    Oh, I can definitely get behind this idea.

    Glad to hear it… may your list be long and the recipients appreciative and deserving.

  7. Alice says:

    what a great holiday. i plan to have many crushes by fri/sat :-)

    Thank you, and good luck in compiling your list.

  8. dan-E says:

    “…did you know that if you google Jessica Rabbit images her picture shows up too?”

    thanks. i just lost the next two hours of my life thanks to your suggestion.

    Hahaha, it is impossible not to look at that woman.

  9. kitty says:

    this is a good idea in theory — the date, though, is just a little too close to Valentine’s Day for it to stand alone, and not be in the shadow.

    If Hallmark ever contacts me, I will be sure to let them know that the date is flexible but my royalties are not.

  10. elle dubya says:

    a year already??? i remember naming my last one ;)

    Time flies when you’re having… drinks.

  11. citygirlblogs says:

    Great idea! I’m all for crushes so I will gladly participate!

    My favorite line: To have a Crush is to engage whimsy, to embrace possibility, and in the extreme case to wrap oneself in the courage of romance. The possibility of love is always worth the risk!

    Love always wins. If you lock real love in a room with hate, fear, hurt, or any other emotion, love will always be the last one standing.

  12. Didi says:

    Just one problem – Feb 20 isn’t Friday. It’s Saturday…

    Yes, and I noted that it is being celebrated a day in advance.

  13. Ohhhh, MAN!!! I would have saved today’s blog post for tomorrow if I’d seen this sooner. Eh, well, maybe I’ll just be lazy and repost under an International Crush Day guise…

    And YOU just may be my new crush for thinking up such a fabulous holiday!! :)

    Works for me. And I really loved that post of yours.

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