What a bizarre holiday Valentine’s Day is. Yes, pink and red hearts all over the place are gag-inducing, but the flower thing is what I find so odd. Sure, flowers are beautiful and it’s a nice gesture to give a gift, but why so few potted flowers? Not as easy to carry? Roses aren’t practical that way? Every year there are plenty of jokes about giving a gift that’s just going to wither and die, so I guess I’m repeating the obvious. When a coworker started bragging about the deal he found on $5 bouquets, all I could say in response was, “$5? I think you got ripped off. They’re all dead.” Here’s to living plants. Give a gift without the (immediate) decay.