Little David comes home from first grade and tells his
father that they learned about the history of
"Since Valentine's day is for a
Christian saint and we're Jewish," he asks, "will God
get mad at me for giving someone a valentine?"
David'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," David says.
"Why Osama Bin Laden," his father asks in shock.
"Well," David says, "I thought that if a little
American Jewish boy could have enough love to give
Osama a valentine, he might start to think that maybe
we're not all bad, and maybe start loving people a
little bit. And if other kids saw what I did and sent
valentines to Osama, he'd love everyone a lot. And
then he'd start going all over the place to tell
everyone how much he loved them and how he didn't hate
His father's heart swells and he looks at his boy with
newfound pride. "David, that's the most wonderful
thing I've ever heard."
"I know," David says, "and once that gets him out in
the open, the Marines could blow the crap out of him."