February and I have a love-hate relationship. Wait, no. February and I have a hate-hate relationship.
Perhaps I'm overstating.
It's dark. It's cold. It's dark and cold. But there is that whole Valentine's Day thing wherein the most magical and wonderful thing happens - right after Valentine's Day, chocolate goes on sale.
Okay, I'm giving Valentine's Day a bad rap. It is romantic to make loving gestures to those we care about (even if being forced to do it on one particular day always felt a bit off to me). Gestures mean everything.
Like, say, putting coat hangers between the fitted sheet and the mattress.
"Love Taps," by Mark G. Harris
The audiobook version of Fool for Love gave me another wonderful journey through stories I already knew I loved. Originally, I had this to say:
'Love Taps,' by Mark G. Harris gives us Sullivan, a character who somehow manages to mix cute and neurotic into a whole you can't help but love, even if you might want to slap him a little. Again, there is wit - a word I'm afraid I might be using a whole lot in describing this anthology, but so many of the stories have this caliber of intelligent wordplay. And I think Mr. Harris' story has my new favorite declaration of affection. 'Love Taps' charms.
Having now also listened to this story aloud, I can say that the wit I read on the page is evoked all the more by the tone and cadence of the performance. This reader conjured a voice for Sully and his boyfriend and just nailed it. Again, I was laughing aloud in a public place with my headphones in.
And I still think 'I love you more than my snooze-button' is pure genius.