Article: Roving Reporter: Valentine's Day: Love and Kisses, Sharon!

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By Sharon Brown on February 6, 2012

Valentine's Day has an interesting history but nobody seems to know when or where the love angle originated. It really doesn't matter, does it? It reminds us of Love anyway, and that's what's truly important, being reminded of Love.

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Imagenap
Feb 5, 2012 8:02 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
Well, I thought I had no Valentine's Day memories, but Lynn made me remember one.

It was 6th grade. I was not very confident and thought I was unattractive. Boys didn't talk to me and vice-versa. But there was this one boy who I thought was the handsomest boy I had ever seen. (He really was!)

We distributed those cheap little Valentines too, placing them in paper bags that the teacher taped to the front of our desks. But my handsome boy was going to get a special one from me. I bought it at the pharmacy one day. I'll never forget it. It said, "I spent ten cents to buy this card, besides a lot of time. So if you're not my Valentine, you owe me a dime!"

Real romantic, huh? Of course I didn't have the nerve to sign my name, but I did slip it into his paper bag. Then I knew I'd blush if I looked at him, so I never did see him open it.

Wow, that was 50-some years ago. Funny how our mind chooses which events it wants to remember.

ImageSharon
Feb 5, 2012 8:05 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Nap!! That is so funny! I'm glad you remembered and shared it with us. Best laugh I've had today. I was hoping you fell madly in love with him and lived happily ever after. I guess that happened later, right?

Thanks, Nancy! Lovey dubby
Imagenap
Feb 5, 2012 8:11 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
No, no falling madly in love or anything. In fact it wasn't long before the REAL most handsome boy I had ever seen came into my life. I didn't talk to him either, but he only lived a block away and I quickly became best friends with the girl who lived next door to him. We never played at my house. Hilarious!

He was 2 years older than I was. What a hunk he was. I will confess for the first time that a few times I called his house to see if he would answer the phone, just so I could hear what his voice sounded like. His mother always answered. I hung up.
ImageSharon
Feb 5, 2012 8:18 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Too funny, nap!

Did you ride that bike over to see him?
Imagenap
Feb 5, 2012 8:30 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
You bet I sure did! I passed his house as often as I could.

I've seen my Valentine boy at high school reunions and have talked to him, but I have not told him that story.

The other one remained a crush all though high school, until he graduated two years before I did. But I have thought of him often, and STILL look at that house for him when I'm back in the neighborhood.
ImageSharon
Feb 5, 2012 8:34 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
You are a sly one, Nap. Shy, too!
Oh but what goes on in your mind!
Imagevic
Feb 6, 2012 6:39 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Rolling on the floor laughing at the 10 cents - very good Nap!

Great article Sharon - love all the stories!
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ImageSharon
Feb 6, 2012 9:18 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Thanks, Vic! Fun to write.
Imagevalleylynn
Feb 6, 2012 10:20 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
Wow Nap, I thought I was the only one that was that shy. Blinking

Jimmy was the big brother I always wanted and he helped me make the adjustment after moving to a new town and school. He was such a sweet boy. I often wonder how he is doing. His family moved away 2 years after we first met (4th and 5th grades).
ImageSharon
Feb 6, 2012 11:46 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Awwwwww Lynn . . . sweet!
Imagevalleylynn
Feb 7, 2012 2:42 AM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
So many gifts are given us in a life time. Smiling
Imagenap
Feb 7, 2012 8:25 AM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
I have a handful of people I wish I knew the whereabouts of too. Lynne Underwood was my first best friend and I can clearly picture her smiling, freckled, 7 year old face. They moved to Rochester and my heart broke.

I hope you meet your friend again someday, Lynn. Somewhere.
ImageSharon
Feb 7, 2012 9:42 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Technology being what it is, it's pretty easy to find people these days.
So many people I've known over the years have found me, or I found them, just in the past 5 or 6 years.

You should give it a try.
Imagevalleylynn
Feb 7, 2012 11:18 AM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
If I don't find them on this earth, it will be in heaven. What a reunion that will be. Hurray! Hurray! Thumbs up
Imagevic
Feb 7, 2012 4:18 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
I agree
NATIONAL GARDENING ASSOCIATION Purslane & Portulaca ~ Garden Art
Imagevalleylynn
Feb 7, 2012 5:21 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
Big Grin Awesome to think about.
Imagenap
Feb 7, 2012 6:58 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
As for my friend Lynne Underwood.....she was seven. I have no idea who she became, or what she might look like almost 60 years later. Sad
Imagekaglic
Feb 8, 2012 3:45 PM CST
Name: Kiska (Jackie)
Palmer, Alaska
aka Kiska at other sites
Great reading and a good way to spend some time seeing just how much we seem to have in common.
aka Kiska at other sites

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