Valentine's Day, Vermont Teddy Bears, and Work


There are two types of employees on Valentine’s Day.

  • Those people who wear red sweaters, decorate their offices with hearts, and demand flowers from their significant others;
  • and those people who are too busy doing real work to know it’s Valentine’s Day.

Generally, I’m not a fan of Valentine’s Day. I like candy and roses just like the next girl, but I absolutely despise public displays of affection. You’re in love? You’re happy? Great. I really don’t want to know about it.

Luckily, I married a man who feels the same way. Valentine’s Day is romantic for some people. For us? It’s just an excuse to eat more chocolate (not that we need an excuse). We may snuggle on the couch and share a private, romantic exchange; however, we also like to laugh at people who are in deeply in love and mock their foolish ways. (We especially like to laugh at newlyweds — those naive kids who fell for the same foolish trap that we did. Welcome to club, chumps!)

Speaking of love, the husband and I just saw a Vermont Teddy Bear commercial on MSNBC. Have you seen the commercial? Some woman gets a teddy bear at work, and the guys in the office watch her reaction & scramble to send teddy bears to their significant others.

Wow. We’re shocked. A teddy bear? Really?

The husband and I had to check it out. Some things to note:

  • The site makes a point to tell us that each teddy bear comes in a giftbox with an airhole. What? An airhole? Why? So the bears can breathe?
  • We love how Vermont Teddy Bear Company (VTBC) has a diversity strategy — they have introduced a bear collection for those of us looking for something fuzzy and Hispanic. The line includes the Papi Chulo bear and Mamacita Bear. (I’m glad to see VTBC making strides against racial and ethnic stereotypes.)
  • We are glad to see that VBTC has a place where you can suggest a new bear. How about a Human Resources Bear? The bear will wear sensible shoes, college t-shirts, and yoga pants.

After reviewing the site, the husband said, “What a scam. It

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