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Moonlighting Becomes You
by James Snyder
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The month of February is notorious for the activities of a certain tireless worker by the name of Cupid. With his little bow and arrow he inflicts people with arrows of desire commonly referred to as romance. For centuries, he has been most fastidious in his labor of love. It would be hard to find anybody who loved his job more than this patron of love.

Through the years, his work has been an immense blessing to a great number of people. Through Cupid’s delicate assault many people have been brought together forming a lasting union. Perhaps there is no greater satisfaction to any person than seeing how much people appreciate the work you do.

Admittedly our dear old friend Cupid, does not get all the credit due him for the job he has done down through the years. His greatest pleasure, I am sure, is knowing he has made a difference in people’s lives whether people give him credit or not. Without tenacity to his job, the human race would suffer adversely in the area of romance.

I might add that although his work is honored during the month of February it does not mean he takes the other months off. Cupid is akin to his cousin Johnny-on-the-Spot. Both take great pride in doing their job.

However, this year is just a little different. Cupid, who is normally at his peak during the month of February, has come down with what the doctor thinks is a severe case of the flu. It is a simple case of the flu and not wanting to infect people with the wrong fever, our little friend has decided to look around for temporary help this year. This is not an easy job for him, I guarantee you.

Everybody he looked to and inquired after were otherwise occupied. Some would have loved to fill in for this champion of relationships but could not break away from what they were doing at the time. If only Cupid could switch months with Jack-O-Lantern, the problem could be solved. Jack-O-Lantern would have counted it a privilege to fill in for his old buddy. But the timing was not right. Everybody knows that when it comes to things involving romance, timing is the most important ingredient.

Cupid was brought to the place of almost utter despair when an unlikely fill-in rose to the occasion. This only goes to show that when the chips are down you know the buffalo have passed by.

Most were surprised when Punxatuany Phil gladly volunteered to help his old friend. Phil remembered the time when Cupid came to his aid not too many years ago resulting in a wonderful relationship with good old Mage the badger. “Turnabout is fair play,” Phil said to Cupid.

After a lot of consideration, not to mention negotiating, Cupid called a meeting and officially conferred on Punxatuany Phil the credentials to operate on his behalf during the month of February. After all, good old Phil only works one day out of the month leaving the rest of the month entirely at his discretion. And, since this year, he gave a wonderful forecast of an early spring it seemed fitting that he should do the job.

Understandably, with Phil temporarily replacing Cupid certain things would be different.

For one, Phil did not know how to use archery equipment. So, instead of shooting “arrows of desire” he came up with the gentle “gnawing at the heart.” At first Cupid was not so keen on this idea but then after further explanation he agreed it might be a refreshing change.

“The gnawing at the heart,” Phil explained, “will take much longer but its effect may prove to be more lasting.”

Cupid agreed that many times his “arrows of desire” were a little premature and missed the mark once in awhile. And of course, there were times when his “arrows of desire” hit somebody entirely by accident.

Another thing changing this month is the airborne aspect of Cupid’s method of operation. Good old Phil explained he was not against Cupid flying in the air but he was afraid of heights.

“What I plan to do,” Phil explained, “is to work on the ground level. Every good romance needs to begin on the ground floor and then work up.”

After some serious thought Cupid agreed that maybe for this year, and he stressed the fact of this year only, it might be good to approach romance from this unique perspective. After all, much of the romance he orchestrated was, for the most part, up in the air. The thought that really sold him on this new tactic for this year only, was it might create romance for people that would not otherwise be caught.

Whatever other changes for this year are before us is anybody’s guess. But, isn’t that the chance we take with romance. How successful Phil will be will be seen in the month of June when engagements are announced.

There is one great romance that cannot be orchestrated by Cupid or even well-meaning Phil. That is the romance between God and humanity.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16 KJV).

One good thing about God’s love is it has a firm foundation that can withstand any turn of events or situation that might visit our lives. And…He never misses His mark.

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Don Beers 09 Feb 2007
I really liked this for its originality & creative flare. Times before I've cussed Cupid for his poor aim in my life, but maybe Phil will give Cupid some pointers. I was wondering why the title? It's not mentioned again, and it's not really brought out as to why "Moonlighting Becomes You"...or is it because I haven't had enough coffee yet? Did I miss something? I read this twice.


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