The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

16 February 2006

Floral and hearty

File this under "Why didn't I think of that?"

If any female juniors at Cypress Bay High School [Weston, FL] weren't aware of classmate Paul Kim — they know him now.

The 17-year-old junior ordered 500 red roses and had them delivered to nearly all his female classmates on Valentine's Day. A card attached to the roses said, "To all the lovely ladies of 2007, here's wishing you a Happy Valentine's Day. Affectionately, Paul Kim."

"To me, Valentine's is a special day," Kim said. "I realized that not many girls would get anything and it would be an ordinary day. I figured I'd take the initiative and put a smile on their face."

I have to agree with Samantha Burns on this:

Either this kid is going to have to schedule dates from here 'til his high school graduation or he will become the laughing stock of the entire school.

Having been the latter in my day, I hope the former befalls him.

Posted at 1:40 PM to Table for One

Thanks for the link. Ya, I hope something good comes from it, too.

But, your high school horror stories sound like an interesting read if you ever decide to expose yourself that way :-)

Posted by: Sam at 3:04 PM on 16 February 2006

There's a third possibility arising from the fact he undercounted: He may be seriously injured by one of the girls who didn't get a flower.

I hope not, this guy has a future.

Posted by: Matt at 4:47 PM on 16 February 2006

That goes along with what I told my boys when they first started going to dances. Girls tend to cluster together and if you ask one to dance, she turns you down-you can't ask the others. No one wants to be "second choice". I told my boys to say "Ladies, I want to dance with all of you, but can only do it one at a time, who'll honor me by being first?"
It's amazing how well that works. Probably works past teen also.

Posted by: wamprat at 5:54 PM on 16 February 2006

I am, of course, grateful that there was no bloggage in the late 1960s.

Posted by: CGHill at 6:42 PM on 16 February 2006

He was fine up until the point where he signed his name to it. A real guerilla Valentine-giver would have signed the card 'Your Secret Admirer' or some such and REALLY caused some buzz. He could have (for example) signed a notarized form dated before V-Day, as proof, tucked it away with receipts for the flowers & delivery (just in case), and spent months on an anonymous blog detailing the buzz that came from his stunt - what the reaction was, and most importantly, who took credit for it.

THAT would have been cool, and gotten mileage well past 2/14. A Valentine's Day to remember, indeed.

Please people, consult me before you do stuff like this.

Posted by: Mister Snitch! at 9:40 AM on 17 February 2006

Kimberly Swygert posed this question:

So, will one of the girls who didn't get a rose allege discrimination, or will one of the girls who did get one claim sexual harassment?

Talk about your lose-lose situations.

Posted by: CGHill at 5:58 PM on 19 February 2006

Along about 27 years ago, I was going through a Navy school for a job that was normally filled by women (that may have changed as other job fields opened up). There were about 25 female ensigns in the class, a male CWO, and me. The instructors were three female lieutenants.

Valentine's day, I came in early with enough pink roses for every desk in the classroom, including mine. I didn't get to be anonymous, though, because I didn't manage to get in earlier than two of the instructors.

My shining moment of romance, not that I got more than a couple "thank you's" in response. I'd largely forgotten about it until now. Thanks for bringing back a fond memory.

Posted by: wheels at 11:23 PM on 20 February 2006