...Or does he?
As you read through the possibilities, be aware there's an underlying assumption that Valentine's Day either has not, or will not, go as planned for NoRita. Not only does Martha embrace the complicated, but I haven't seen an installment yet where everything was simple and uncomplicated for our favorite couple all the way through, particularly in 2015. There is an assumption that something has, or will, go wrong.
What am I referring to? The stuffed panda bear holding what is likely a fuzzy red heart in both of the social posts below. It's easily discernible in Eric's, but you might have to do a little work to see it in the background of Kristin's.
Now I ruled ShOliver out of this one because Oliver is too old to be gifting his love interest stuffed animals. Norman, however, has done so before---remember the stuffed crab, err---tree lobster?
Imagine what, after almost a year of dating, andtwo grand gestures later (kiss, publication), you might be expecting on your first official Valentine's Day with the man of your dreams? Something tells me yours didn't include a stuffed animal...
Then again, maybe Norman had something more substantial planned that fell through at the last minute, throwing him completely off. We know Norman cares deeply about Rita. He certainly wouldn't let the most romantic day of the year (or so we're told) go by without doing something for Rita.
Mine Your Manners
I've had a hard time placing whether this is the resolution, or more problem, but I am leaning towards solution given its significance to Norman.
You probably heard about, and saw the pictures from, the cast filming at Britannia Mine Museum. If you'll also remember, it was primarily Crystal and Geoff who were filming there, as evidenced by Crystal's social posts.
Why? Because Rita openly admits that she loves learning new things about Norman. Remember that while on the same tour with his Grandma, Norman told that story about that "little sliver of light" that got him through being trapped in the cellar as a kid. I think that's a story that Rita would love for Norman to share with her, and would certainly mean so much more than a stuffed bear!
Don't worry, ShOliver's will be a heck of a lot more complete, even if proved erroneous for some reason or another! You can come back for that tomorrow.
In the meantime, let me know in the comments what your ideas for NoRita might be in this installment? Am I forgetting a critical piece of evidence?