I Think The ‘Valentine Bandit’ Needs to Visit Missoula Montana
When I came home from work today I found an anonymous valentine on the kitchen table.
It had tissue paper glued in the middle, almost to look like a flower, and messages written in black marker all around the edges. "HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY", "L-O-V-E-S Y-O-U" "LOL", and in the center the typed message, "Somebody loves you." I don't have kids, and I don't know any in my neighborhood, but I'm guessing there's a thoughtful child somewhere who played cupid today.
Looking at the anonymous valentine (after thinking about how cute it was), I was hit with nostalgia for when I lived in Portland Maine. And I think it's the only place I'd want to be on Valentine's Day.
What Is the 'Valentine Bandit'?
You see, Portland Maine is visited by the 'Valentine Bandit' every year on Valentine's Day. When I lived there, we'd wake up with our town covered in paper hearts. The door of every business or venue would have a white piece of paper with a big red heart in the center. The first year we lived there we were totally puzzled. We thought it was a stunt. But then it showed up again the next year. We started to guess who was responsible. A popular theory that circulated was the Portland Fire Department was responsible for the hearts, but it remained just a theory.