Valentine's Day Musings - Cards, Dogs, Handguns and More
Valentine's Day Thoughts
Do you remember exchanging those cute Valentine cards in elementary school? I well remember laboring over which ones I should give to my fellow classmates back in the nineteen fifties. Those are fun memories!
The cards were really cute back then. Some of them came in sheets and could be punched out while others came boxed. If you Google images for Valentine cards back in the 1950s you will see countless photos of what they looked like at that time.
The color of red was obviously utilized as a mainstay. Wordings like "Be My Valentine" with a little pigtailed girl holding a Valentine or "To a Special Valentine" with a cute cat on the front or "Your Doggone Cute, Valentine"...the latter one with an image of a darling puppy were the norm.
On the backs of the cards we would print the names of our fellow students and sign ours. Exchanges of the cards usually took place late in the day amidst many smiles and much laughter.
There were always heart shaped candies with words appropriate for this particular day available to eat and also share with others. That particular candy has been around for a very long time!
Did you realize that there were several Christian martyrs that carry the name Valentine?
While February 14th is the most commonly celebrated day for the Feast of Saint Valentine around the world there are other dates as well which include July 6th and July 30th.
The romantic notions associated with Valentine’s Day have evolved over the centuries and many people no longer relate martyrdom of saints with the cupids, cards, chocolates and roses commonly given to loved ones on this celebratory day.
Manufacturers of greeting cards devote lots of space in the card racks of stores leading up to February 14th which is soon to happen again this year.
If you wish to learn more about how Valentine’s Day has evolved over the years to what it has become today, Wikipedia has a good article regarding that day of the year.
When I was a child the most common poem recited on this day was the following:
“Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Sugar is sweet,
And so are you.”
In my old autograph book my paternal grandmother used this poem and then added another line prior to her signature.
Valentine Gift Giving
After I was married I surprised my hubby with a humorous Valentine's Day gift. It was a pair of undershorts with the following sayings: “I love you fiercely.” “I go wild over you.” “You bring out the beast in me.” Red hearts were on a white background with a tiger draped over or cuddling the hearts accompany the words.
In the gift box was also a battery operated plastic shaped heart with a spring that clacked away simulating a heartbeat.
We had some laughs over that and all these years he has kept those pair of undershorts tucked away in a dresser drawer. Who knew that he would be so sentimental after this many years of marriage! (Smile)
Have you ever given a joke type of gift or do you always go for the more romantic types of gifts on Valentine's Day?
Handgun as Valentine Gift
I am not kidding! Last year it was televised on our local NBC news channel in Houston that the Katy police department on their Facebook page had been touting the gift of a handgun as a perfect Valentine gift for men to give to their wives or girlfriends.
Some women had been interviewed on TV and it had shown them stating that they would absolutely love such a gift.
Of course it is recommended that anyone getting the gift of a gun learns how to properly use it. There is a shooting range in Katy that would be perfect for target practice. Katy, Texas merges with Houston and is located due west of our city.
I may be old fashioned but truthfully I would never have thought of receiving a handgun as a Valentine gift. Somehow it just does not seem as romantic as a bouquet of flowers and candlelit dinner with some fine wine as an accompaniment. That is more of an idea of what I would prefer as a Valentine's Day gift. Even a few good hugs and kisses would suffice!
How about you? What do you think about receiving a gun for Valentine's Day?
What do you prefer as a gift for Valentine's Day?
Valentine Card With Paw Print From Trudy
Trudy got her two legged mommy to help her in making this Valentine card for her daddy many years ago. Trudy figured that her mommy had greater dexterity in cutting out little heart shapes since she was blessed with having an opposing thumb on each hand.
She also had her mommy get some red food coloring and mix it into some water in a dish. Trudy then put one of her front feet in it...got it wet and placed her paw print in the center of the paper plate as a signature. This was done outside for this part of the project and then some foot washing was in order.
Trudy then had her mommy cut out some photos of her and affix them along with the hearts to the paper plate and through mental telepathy had her write some endearments appropriate to what would become a Valentine card.
It was such a fun day when daddy got to see his card. He was all smiles!
Valentine Card From Reggie
When Reggie saw what his pal Trudy was doing he also wanted to get in on the act of giving his dear daddy a Valentine card. So with help from his accomplice and human mommy this is what he created.
Just like the Valentine card from Trudy it brought big smiles to the face of his daddy. Both cards are now saved in a photo album created by his mommy. It was no problem getting mommy to part with some photos for the card because she was always taking our pictures.
We got quite used to those clicking sounds and occasional flashes from her camera. My signature paw print was not quite as neat as the one from Trudy but then I had longer hair than Trudy.
As it turned out this was the one and only Valentine card we ever gave to our daddy. We thought that one was enough because he got plenty of love from us each and every day and mommy always added our names when she would give him her cards.
As a matter of fact why humans make such a big deal about Valentine cards or doing something special for their loved ones on that particular day is a bit crazy to my way of thinking. I think that every day is as good as the next one to show love and affection to one another.
What do you think?
Have You Ever Helped Your Pets Make a Valentine Greeting?
♥♥♥Shih Tzu Kids ♥♥♥
Judi Gullickson is my cousin Tom's wife and she has graciously allowed me the use of her Shih Tzu Kids photos which many of you have probably seen illustrating other posts. So many of them were purrfect for Valentine's Day!
Here is wishing each and every one of you a sweet day when Valentine’s Day arrives no matter how you might choose to celebrate it.
Do you have any special memories of Valentine's Day or ways in which you prefer spending that particular day? If so I will look forward to reading your comments.
Below are a number of videos that may give you ideas of how to set a perfect table, help make cards, make edible roses or even a perfect heart shaped cake all for that special day of the year. Enjoy!
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