so my mom and i are talking about valentine’s day, and she says ‘this holiday overruns the US, you’d have to live in the boonies to not realize it’s valentine’s day’.
and i said ‘….how about five years in a row?’
‘then he did it on purpose and i’d throw him out on the curb’
See, you think Wally did it on purpose, I might hate him, but no. IMO, he’s pretty clearly just another victim of Grandon screwing with characterization for a quick laugh.
Yeah, it’s pretty unnatural for someone to forget all that that often, but you know, that’s Wally’s thing; he’s self-absorbed and socially backwards around girls, I guess, right?
What bothers me even more is that after finally, finally, finally remembering, he seemed to think that all he needed to do was say “Happy Valentine’s Day” and he’d get all the kisses and kudos and gold medals - which, really he did.
Like, it’s fine if Vday isn’t that big a deal, but don’t cite that, after it’s been an issue that you’ve forgotten Vday four years in a row, somehow merely remembering it somehow makes you a “good boyfriend.” Saying “Happy Valentine’s Day” doesn’t really meet the bare minimum requirement for “mediocre boyfriend” even if he had remembered to do that every single year in a row.
It’s fine if they didn’t really care about it to start with, but if that’s the case, pick something else that’s actually moderately impressive to show us that he’s shaped up somehow, don’t dig the poor guy a bigger hole. :( Mention her favorite restaurant, give her a stuffed animal. Hell, have her be impressed that he finished an essay so that he could spend time with her.
It’s hard to care about his feelings for her when they don’t actually seem all that “special,” because we don’t actually see him do anything special for her.