Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Sugar is sweet,
and so are you....
An age old poem for an ageless holiday.
One of the many things I remember growing up in a small town is the Valentine's Day festivities at school. The Ground Hog had no sooner slipped back into his burrow for six more weeks of winter weather, than we'd be issued a list of supplies to bring in for our "project". Of course, our mothers, who were great predictors all on their own, knew the upcoming events and had already procured the tissue paper, shoe box, and red construction paper needed. If you were lucky, your mom saved a few of those paper dollies from some other holiday and your book bag would be filled to the brim making you hunched over, resembling a miniature pack mule trudging into class.
In the afternoon, after lessons were completed, the transformation began. Desk cleaned, we'd spread out our paper and with extreme care, lift the edges to cover the box. With technical skill, we'd labor to cut out precise hearts of various sizes and glue them onto the top and sides. Then, with our best penmanship, we'd place our names for all to see. The teacher would collect our "mailboxes" and line them up on a table awaiting the next day's special delivery.
Armed with a list of our classmates, we'd journey home and spend hours at the kitchen table making sure our valentines matched the person we were sending them to. It was not allowed to skip a name or to 'accidentally forget' a classmate, no matter the disagreement. On Valentine's Day, everyone was deemed special and therefore it was mandatory to give a Valentine.
We turned in 'our assignments' the next morning and waited. Oh, how hard it was to know that twenty five to thirty slips of paper, some adorned with suckers or other treats would be at our disposal come three thirty in the afternoon. The day done, boxes clutch against our chest, we'd rush home and read each and everyone of them. Friendships were renewed or developed depending on the choice of the card. It was magic.
I hope the magic of the day reached your house. If you are needing some ideas for Valentine's Day next year, think about purchasing some tulle bags from the cake decorating or scrap booking section of your local department store. Fill them with chocolate, favorite candies, or paperclips teachers might need.
For your gardeners, a clay pot painted with hearts of clover for upcoming St. Patrick's Day can be filled with a pair of gloves and flower seeds.
Another simple gift idea, is a box of crayons and a blank notepad for budding artists. You can put them in a dollar store sand bucket along with colored chalk and bubbles for outside fun.
Here's wishing you lots of front porch greeting!
Have a grand day,
For more fun in a small town, check out stories set in Rebel's Crossroads.
Playing with Fire
Random Acts of Kindness