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An Old Faded Valentine Box

Updated on September 10, 2015

Just My Darling---You.

I visited Grandmother’s attic one cold gloomy Sunday, just wishing time away,

I found an odd surprise in an old trunk that was covered with quilts---- that day.

It was an old faded Valentine Box that was tattered and worn with pink paper that decorated the lid,

With red moth eaten lace all around the box ---and inside it---- a heart-shaped note was hid.

And on the colored paper written in red with big letters it said,

Be My Valentine, My Darling and it was signed------ Fred.

An Old Valentine
An Old Valentine
Trunk in the Attic
Trunk in the Attic

And on the other side the sad story started to unfold,

After I read it I knew I had to find out who wrote this note-----

that was so very old.

The written words said---I missed you on the path today;

I wanted to carry your book for you to school,

Our little granny has the flu,

And I hope the old country doctor knows what to do.

Are you still wearing my ring on the blue ribbon around your

beautiful neck---isn't it just dandy?

I worked in the fields last week-- picking up roots--- to buy you a

Valentine Card and Chocolate Candy.

Pa said I could take you to the dance if I finished all my chores,

And my brother Pete said he would help me plow the north field,

while I whittle Mr. Mike some new oars.

We only have six more months until we are 18 years old, and I

hope your Pa finds nothing to disparage,

Then I will ask your Ma and Pa for your hand in marriage.

Can you meet tonight at the old hollow tree down by the seaside?

I just want to hold you a little while and kiss your hand----being

apart I cannot abide.

My love for you grows stronger each day as I look into

your eyes of blue,

I want you forever until death we do part---by my side---

just my Darling----you.

With tears in my eyes, I refolded the beautiful Valentine Card,

to put itback, when I saw a tiny red box on a small letter,

I opened the box and on a washed-out blue ribbon was a

little ruby ring, and as I read the little note I did not feel

any better.

Because Fred had died from the flu in 1833,

And under that was written,

Fred my Darling, walk slowly to Heaven, so I can catch up,

please wait for me.

The signature was faded, and the name I could not see.

I stayed there forever, it seemed, holding the note next to my heart,

Saying a prayer for the lovers who by now--- were not apart.

Behind Grandmother's House

Years later, I could not forget that day so long ago, when I went to the attic--I felt bold,

It was there in Grandmother's attic, I found a Valentine which left my heart cold.

Who was this Fred? I had to know,

So, after visiting my Grandmother's grave, I walked down a long path in the woods in the snow.

Under an Oak tree, I saw some very old tombstones, so lonely and unkempt,

On the oldest tombstone was written "Walk slowing my Darling Fred, I am on my way"

there was no name, no dates, it was so sad---I wept.

Who was she--I still did not know,

So sadly I walked back to Grandmother's house in the snow.

Autumn: A Time to Revisit Memories
Autumn: A Time to Revisit Memories

Revisited the Past

When the autumn leaves turn to amber and gold with highlights,

of red and orange splashed across the yard, anticipating northern winds to blow the icy air into the Southland nights.

I remember my Angelic Grandmother Knight whose sweet love and care,

As she nurtured my young heart to love and share.

The fall leaves spread into our Southern Woods so bright,

We inhale the icy air and wonder at the beautiful sight.

God painted our world with his Heavenly brush,

Colors so astounding with hues to all

the trees and grounds making our hearts gush.

Use your eyes appreciating these earthly gifts, and enjoy the beauty here,

Because our own departure is sometimes near.

Then in another horizon our spirits will be,

Enjoying the rich green valleys and the mighty turquoise sea.

PurvisBobbi44 is the sole author of this article and if copied anywhere else on the Internet or printed in magazines or books it was taken without written consent and is strictly prohibited.

© 2012 PurvisBobbi44


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  • PurvisBobbi44 profile imageAUTHOR


    5 years ago from Florida

    Hi Angela Ohm,

    Thanks for your visit and comment. Have a Happy New Year and may it be your best one ever.

    Bobbi Purvis

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    Angela Ohm 

    5 years ago from Beach Park, Illinois

    Such a beautiful and sad story !

  • PurvisBobbi44 profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Florida


    Thank you for stopping by, And by the way I like the name Mommy. I do not hear that often.

    I appreciate your comment, and maybe we will find your answer one day.



  • PurvisBobbi44 profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Florida

    Vincent Moore,

    I am honored that you stopped by and read my hub. We live in a great time when we can express ourselves with words and share with others.



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    Vincent Moore 

    6 years ago

    This was absolutely divine. I felt each word, I saw the picture of them both in my minds eye. I felt their love and heart beats for each other. I also felt their sadness as the end approached. I know they have to be walking hand in hand somewhere in time. Peace and blessings to you and thank you for this beautiful gift of your words.

  • ThePracticalMommy profile image


    6 years ago from United States

    What a beautiful and sad story! That was real romance back then: sweet, pure and true. I would love to know who the recipient of the Valentine was!

    Voted up and beautiful. :)

  • PurvisBobbi44 profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Florida


    Thank you for stopping by, and I appreciate your comment

    very much.You are welcome anytime.



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    Audrey Howitt 

    6 years ago from California

    Beautiful story!!!

  • PurvisBobbi44 profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Florida


    Thank you so much for taking the time to read my hub. I am so happy you enjoyed it.



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    Ivona Poyntz 

    6 years ago from UK

    This was a lovely, touching story!

  • PurvisBobbi44 profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Florida

    Thank you so much, and I will be reading yours.

    Your Hub Friend,


  • cleaner3 profile image


    6 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

    Thank you for visiting my hubs, I am glad you like my work. I jus try to keep up with all the great women writers and poets that are on this site( you included)

    Beautiful women poets

    are rare to find

    and you know it

    Now I've found you

    your hubs i will read

    for sure i will do

    and they will take

    away all my blues.

  • PurvisBobbi44 profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Florida


    Thanks so much, and I think you are the great one--I just read two of your poems. And I will read more of your awesome work.


  • cleaner3 profile image


    6 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

    Love this one too, Bobbi

    you are great.

  • PurvisBobbi44 profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Florida

    Thank you Laura, I love the doggie photo. I have my Sweetie Angel on Twitter for my profile photo.


  • PurvisBobbi44 profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Florida

    Laura Matkin,

    Thank you for the sweet comment, and for stopping by and reading my poem.


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    Laura Matkin 

    7 years ago from Laceys Spring, Alabama

    Beautiful, just beautiful, sweet and sad. Great work.

  • PurvisBobbi44 profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Florida

    Diana Lee,

    Thank you for stopping by and reading my poem.


  • Diana Lee profile image

    Diana L Pierce 

    7 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

    Very touching story.


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