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