Anyway, there is one Valentine's tradition I do get behind and that's Mortified's annual Doomed Valentine's show, which we go to every year. If you've never been to Mortified, it's pretty amazing. Basically, it's a stage show consisting of people who have dug-out their childhood journals and read them in front of an audience. It's both cringe-worthy and hilarious because we know we've all been there. Hell, if I could go back and erase all of seventh and eighth grade I probably would. At the very least I'd erase the bad perm I had.
The presentation is not always in the form of journals. Sometimes there are also original plays, short films, poems, songs, or artwork which only heighten the experience. They also have an after-school orchestra which plays short, corresponding songs after each story. You never know what you're going to get at Mortified, but it's always going to be funny. They have also released a documentary about the shows called Mortified Nation and I'm very much looking forward to watching it on the Sundance Channel in March.
Here I might share my own mortifying stories, but sadly, when I was a teenager I was very, very good at destroying evidence and so I have no journals or letters left to read. I'm afraid all of my embarrassing secrets will be going with me to my grave. How about you? Would you get mortified?