Me and my Valentine (who really is funny, by the way) . . . don't do anything special to celebrate Valentine's Day.
But I thought it might be fun to acknowledge the day -- AND the fact that it falls on a Three on Thursday -- by sharing some things (three, in fact!) that you probably don't already know about my Valentine.
1 -- Tom grew up in Manhattan!
Here he is back in 1969 (Tom's the skinny blonde kid on the left) in J. Hood Wright Park, which was across the street from his apartment building. For those of you familiar with Manhattan, he lived at Ft. Washington Ave. and W. 173rd St, and attended PS 173. It was quite a shock (as in culture shock!) . . . when his parents moved the family to Cheyenne, Wyoming, where he spent his adolescent years. (And met me.) (He can still bring back that NY accent when he wants to.)
2 -- Tom used to be blonde!
Yep, there we are. 1980. Tom's college graduation. Blonde. He was blonde as a baby, blonde as a kid, blonde when I met him. Somewhere along the way, though, his hair turned dark brown. His hair hasn't been blonde in decades -- but I still think of him as having blonde hair. (Erin's hair was exactly the same -- blonde until she got out of college, when it turned dark brown.) (And that photo? That's my natural hair color. Until it turned gray, of course.)
3 -- Tom is a "Poet Laureate". . .
of the Kalamazoo Curling Club, that is! Tom loves to play with words -- rhymes, funny turns of phrase, puns (and especially BAD puns, I might add). He's also very good at telling jokes, and has quite a repertoire of memorized stories. These skills have landed him a gig as the First Curling Poet Laureate. He has written - and presented - many curling-themed poems and (rather naughty) limericks at curling events all around the region.
And now you know a little bit more about my funny Valentine!
Happy Valentine's Day to all of you.
Be sure to check out all the other Three on Thursday posts over at Carole's today.