All and tsundere

We know to beware the Ides of March, which falls near the middle of the month. Personally, I find the middle of February to be much more stressful:

I kind of wish I could draw better than I can (and had time to sit down and draw tonight) because I was talking on Twitter about how I should just go Full Tsundere for Valentine’s Day (as in: “No! I don’t need love or attention! Leave me alone! Baka!“) because really, tsundere does fit a bit more how I have approached love in my life than anything: that hard shell to protect my squishy interior from being hurt (though with also a side order of being a little oblivious at times when a guy was interested in me, and probably drove him off with that).

But anyway: I threatened to do Tsundere Otter (because of my occasional handle on there of Acerbic Otter, which is an anagram of my actual name) — draw an otter in a Japanese schoolgirl dress (one of those sailor dresses, you know), with her arms folded and a bit of a scowl and muttering something about how Valentine’s Day is “stupid.”

(But yeah, the whole westernized version of the Tsundere Girl: sort of hard and brittle on the outside, but secretly wishing senpai would notice her, and actually kind of soft on the inside, that’s my brand right there. Probably ridiculous for a 50 year old to be that way but whatever.)

But Valentine’s Day is stupid, in that the people who are in a position to celebrate it often as not don’t bother, and the people who are not in a position to celebrate it are made to feel as miserable as possible. Exactly who is supposed to benefit from this sort of thing?


  1. fillyjonk »

    13 February 2019 · 9:23 pm

    Florists and card companies, to answer your last question.

  2. Francis W. Porretto »

    14 February 2019 · 5:43 am

    Not a good day for you two, eh? But why piss on the rest of us who enjoy the secular version of the day and appreciate its original, religious significance? It won’t make you feel any better, I promise you.

    Everyone’s been rejected. Everyone’s been hurt. Everyone has romantic disappointments to moan about. But the moaning is pointless — and the disparagement of others’ harmless fun is worse.

  3. The Other McCain »

    14 February 2019 · 8:00 am

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  4. hollyh »

    14 February 2019 · 8:58 am

    So, Francis, Valentine’s Day is all about St. Valentine? Sorry chap, but that message was lost long ago.

    I agree that it’s a rather lame holiday for the majority of the population.

  5. McGehee »

    14 February 2019 · 11:58 am

    Lost? Holly, you need to … I was about to say “get out more” but given the topic of the post I’ll just say “widen your circle of offline acquaintances.”

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