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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