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November 08, 2004

A valentine

I don't plan to make a habit of posting jokes, especially ones that friends send out in mass mailings, but this one seems different from traditional Jewish jokes. I think you'll understand what I saw in it:

Little Melissa comes home from first grade and tells her father that they learned about the history of Valentine's Day. "Since Valentine's Day is for a Christian saint and we're Jewish," she asks, "will God get mad at me for giving someone a valentine?"

Melissa's father thinks a bit, then says "No, I don't think God would get mad. Who do you want to give a valentine to?"

"Osama Bin Laden," she says.

"Why Osama Bin Laden?" her father asks in shock.

"Well," she says, "I thought that if a little American Jewish girl could have enough love to give Osama a valentine, he might start to think maybe we're not all bad, and maybe he'd start loving people a little bit. And if other kids saw what I did and sent valentines to Osama, he'd start loving everyone. And then he'd start going all over the place to tell everyone how much he loved them and how he didn't hate anyone anymore."

Her father's heart swells and he looks at his daughter with newfound pride. "Melissa, that's the most wonderful thing I've ever heard."

"I know," Melissa says, "and once that gets him out in the open, the Marines could blow the s--- out of him."