Valentines Day Elementary School Days
Valentines Day is coming on Saturday February 14!!! I could not help but remember those days at Tuxedo Elementary School when we each had a folder we had made and placed on our desk. We made them in class from construction paper,staples and drew hearts with arrows or pasted ones we had cut out from colored paper to embellish our folder in anticipation of having them filled with those little sugar notes from our classmates.
We had "Grade Mothers" (parents) who cupcakes for our class. The Communty store always stocked sessonal candy.Do you remember those small pastel colored hard candy hearts which were stamped with sweet three letter words like"I luv you or "Be Mine" and similar terms of affection. There was always the red Kool Aid which gave some of us a moustache. On Valentines Day or if this auspicious occasion fell on the weekend, the party was held on Friday afternoon.
Most of us would purchase those little Valentines cards from the Five and Dime Store or at the Tuxedo Community Store and we would give a Valentine to everyone in our class. In our best cursive handwriting we addressed each of our cards making sure we included each of our class members and maybe a few to others in our school,especially to cousins because we didn't want to leave anyone out.
On the day of the party, we would open our cards and read them. Most were cute little sayings by cartoon characters with words of endearment or silly sayings. We would share giggles at some of the cards never thinking or reading anything more into them than what you might expect of kids in elementary school. Although these were only small tokens given to express our friendships to one another, those memories that would last a lifetime.
As we grew older and become teens, the real meaning of a Valentine Card crept into our vocabulary with the "L" word. having a different meaning. Puppy love and all the pain of adolescence, we were more selective for whom we might send a special card and anticipated receiving one from that someone special. Without a doubt, many of us were disappointed when the day arrived and we got no Valentine card.
Either by fate or Divine direction, we were given a special Valentine!!! It's not in the roses, boxes of chocolates, sexy lingerie or other gifts that are important . The reality simply is this special day symbolizes true love and that make this 14th day in February a special day. I don't know all that encompasses, I am still a learner. Wishing everyone a Happy Valentines Day. Celebrate!!!!
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A Valentine Card Fiasco
Sending Valentines for many of us as teenagers was a little different. By now we were experiencing changes in our bodies and emotions and had begun to take notice of the opposite sex. For us guys, it was eye candy, all of those "purty" girls and if you are a girl, those handsome guys. In today's language: Babes! Stud muffins!!! As an 8th grade student at Flat Junior High School, I was no different than any of my 13 year old peers who would sit in our lunch room trying to be as discreet as possible and "not" notice the girls coming and going in the cafeteria line. I often gazed out the window of my afternoon math classroom more interested in the girls sitting on the rock wall near our lunch room after finishing their lunch and waiting to retun to class than listening to Mrs Katherine Adams explaining the intracasies of long division and other boring calculating trivia.
My oldest sister was in high school and had a boyfriend. She was also my confidant when it came to girls. As Valentine Day approached she had decided to get her boyfriend a huge Valentine. By huge, the Valentine she purchased could have easily covered a full size door! Although I did not have a real girl friend, I had ask her to pick me up one of those huge Valentines. I knew who I wanted give this special card. She was one of those pretty girls that sat every day on steps of the stone wall. beside our school cafeteria. Logically, there was not any reason for me to give her a Valentine and besides, she didn't know me from Adam's house cat and had never so much as smiled at me but in my mind I thought this big old card would possibly open doors for me and score me some points or at least make a favorable impression on her.I was very shy in those days and had a lot of anxiety before and after I decided to go ahead and give her the Valentine but I went ahead as planned.
Valentines Day came and I had someone that I knew in her class place the card where she would find it. What followed turned out to be a huge embarrassment to me and I suppose for her. I learned later when she opened the card she held it up for all her class to see and it was a hoot for her and her her classmates. Not long ago ,I ask this woman if she remembered that card. She is now a friend of mine on a social network and she told me she did remember the Valentine card I gave to her. Gail is still a very attractive sweet lady and sadly her high school sweetheart and husband was killed in Viet Nam. Oh the whimsical things I did along this incredible journey of life.
For many years Valentines Day at our house has been a fun time for not only my wife and I but for our kids when they were young. Of course I would get the roses for my sweetheart and maybe a nice card but my wife always has been the one to do all the hard work.
We decided that to make this special day a family event. Our tradition included a nice dinner. Our dining room table is set with our best china on a pretty tableclothe and candles. Her roses are the center piece and usually napkins to fit the occasion. The menu is chopped steak, mashed potatoes and a good salad. Dessert is chocolate jello pudding with whip cream topped with a Marciano cherry.Although our tradition is rather simple, we felt this tradition would instill in our children important values of family and show them a love that will endure.
We will not have our traditional family dinner this year because we are having a church function which basically is the same as we have enjoyed personally and as a family for many years.