So it’s valentines day. I am a grown happily married man with a wife and kids, and my kids put together valentines day candy and cards for their school.
Thought it would be good to do something for my colleagues
I figure that it might not be a bad idea for me to hand out Valentine’s day candy at work. I go to the store and I get my tried and true favorite, about 30 packages of those Sweethearts boxes of chalk flavored Valentines day candy and label one for each of my colleagues in the office.
I swing by each desk, “Happy Valentines day!” and hand them out. Guy, girl, young, old, doesn’t matter. I thought it was clear I was giving them to everyone.
A few of the older ladies in the office thanked me and said they hadn’t gotten Valentines day candy in years, since their husband died, etc.
Colleague who had a crush on me confessed to me, thinking that my gesture was me confessing to her
Well… a few hours later, one of the women about my age I handed candy to stopped me in the hallway to tell me that she was glad I got her candy and let her know how I felt, because she has always had a huge crush on me but never had the courage to say anything.
I had to gently let her down and let her know that I got candy for everyone, and that I was a happily married man with a family.
She immediately left the office and didn’t come back until the next day.
We joked about it and are okay now, but that was painfully awkward.