Roses from Tariq Never has a woman been more at the mercy of men than on Valentine Day.

It is February the fourteenth. I head to the hospital, for me it is like any other day. As I enter the nurses station there is a Mylar balloon with a heart on the desk of the clerk, chocolate in a heart shaped box for one of the nurses. Not everyone has received a gift commemorating this mysterious holiday.

The patients have fake lollipops; tinsel hearts from social workers while their parents remain noticeably absent. There is a child with a broken leg from sexual abuse in one of the rooms; he has a small, tacky tinsel heart that the social worker brought. When I asked why she did so, she said “something for him so he should not feel left out.

”I wonder….. would he be feeling left out because his mother’s boyfriend abused…

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