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Monday, February 4, 2013

Valentine's Day Memories

I am not a participant in this Blog Hop but lots of my creative Quilting friends are and I don't want you to miss out on all the Valentine fun.  Please take the time to visit each one, leave a brief comment if possible, and get some great inspiration for projects of your own!  That's How I get my ideas!
Vintage Children's Classroom Valentines Day Card
What is one of your childhood memories of Valentine's Day?
I remember quite vividly the Holiday each year in elementary school (Grades 1-6 for me) when we would decorate some type of *Mailbox* for the class to "Deliver" our Valentine cards.  

Some years the teacher had us decorate a brown or white paper bag and tape it to the Chalkboard Holder in front of the room.  MY favorite mailbox was the SHOEBOX decorated with a slit cut in the top for cards to slip through.  I got pretty fancy with mine, 3D elements, glitter, crayons (no markers back in the 50's), etc...Oh it was a Grand Creation to behold!!  

The MOST fun however was sitting at my kitchen table while Mama washed dishes and I agonized over every Valentine card and WHO I should give it to.  After-all, such sentimental words could NOT be tossed about lightly.  Heaven forbid, if you gave the wrong boy the wrong card!!  You would be teased unmercifully till at least St. Patrick's Day.  I was sure that a *certain* Kenny had chosen that special Valentine I received in 5th grade.  It wasn't till I was grown that I learned his mother had chosen, signed, and sealed Kenny's Valentines and because my mother and Kenny's mother were good friends, she chose me for that SPECIAL Valentine's card.  The whole card couldn't have been bigger than a 2" x 4" piece of cardboard but to me it was grander than a diamond  ring from Kay Jewelers.  I was the center of attention during recess which made the whole event an "Affair to Remember".  The fact that Kenny never said a word to me the entire year mattered little...I had my Valentine to remember the day for a lifetime!
Jane + Kenny

Kenny is a wonderful husband and father to Karen, still lives in my hometown, and very active in his church and community.  We saw each other in 2011 at our 40th reunion, shared grandchildren pictures and recalled fun times.  Nope, he STILL does not know the Valentine story...he & Karen would get a huge laugh.  I'll leave it for another day.

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  1. I loved those old valentines. I remember that everyone in class got one. The ones I knew well, I signed, to others I wrote "guess who". Thanks for sharing your memories.

  2. Hi Jane I have a lot of fun memories too and I remember those exact same cards. I told Jonah the other day that we would make some cards for his Mama and Dad,he isn't too much into that but I think it will be good for him to do. E-mail coming tomorrow I have been so busy. Blessings Sandra

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  4. Valentine's Day has never been a red letter day for me, so I try to ignore it. I do decorate the house in hearts and bake raspberry filled chocolate brownies for my family. They enjoy that...and so do I.

  5. You have a good memory! I seem to remember more now that you have shown these cards.... its coming back. Thanks!

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