Article: Roving Reporter: Valentine's Day: Oh those classroom valentines!

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Image Roving Reporter: Valentine's Day
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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Feb 5, 2012 9:20 PM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
I remember decorating those shoe-box "mailboxes" in grade school, too! And yes, the "rule" was that you had to bring a valentine for everybody in the class... but you could bring bigger cards or chocolate bars etc. for your friends or special admirees, so some mailboxes were definitely fuller than others, but nobody was left out.

I was talking with my mom yesterday about the article Sharon was writing, and she shared another memory with me. The elementary school students had a special assignment for Feb. 14th; everybody was to bring in a valentine they had made.

She didn't have much to work with at home on the farm, so her "card" was cut out of white paper with a heart colored in solidly with red crayon. She remembers one girl's card in particular, made from red construction paper and festooned with snips of lacy white paper doilies bought "in town." Oh, it was just the most beautiful thing!

As everybody filed into the one room schoolhouse that day, they were instructed to place their valentine card up against the chalkboard. Mom just cringed as her red crayon creation took its place between its fancy town-bred cousins.

Then things got worse. The teacher announced that everybody would vote for their favorite card, and the votes would be tallied on the chalkboard. At that time, nobody would even think of voting for themselves, and Mom was mortified just imagining of how it would be when her card had a big fat "zero" over it, with no votes at all.

She was so happy and relieved when the ballots came in and her card had two votes --two! Turned out her brother voted for her card and talked his best friend into doing likewise. She says that's one of the sweetest things he'd ever done for her, before or since.

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Feb 5, 2012 9:39 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Now that is sweet, Jill! And brings back memories for me. We were in a one room school as well, with folding doors to separate the upper 4 grades from the lower. I was in third grade and that was a year when I didn't like my teacher and she didn't very much like me. She did the same thing and I had made my valentine just like your Mom, but instead of coloring it, I'd used dried rose petals.

Dried rose petals were brown. The animal type yellowish glue that came in those bottles with a rubber slanted with a slit top didn't add much by way of beauty to the already brown rose petals. It was a brown crinkly heart. And I was embarrassed. But my friends voted for me and though I didn't get many votes for beauty, I got most votes for maybe creative or maybe original, not sure which word she used, but something like that.

Could have been for the most cracked brown heart, though.
Feb 5, 2012 9:47 PM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
It just needed the right spin, like you'd find in a high end catalog... "decoupaged with the fragrant petals of summer roses" or some such. I bet it was pretty! just not in a "store bought" sort of way.

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Feb 5, 2012 10:01 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Big Grin "pretty ugly" is my guess.
Feb 6, 2012 6:37 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
I would have voted for your mom Jill and you too Sharon! Thumbs up
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Feb 6, 2012 10:30 AM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
I love reading these stories! Thanks for sharing them. Lovey dubby
Feb 8, 2012 3:48 PM CST
Name: Kiska (Jackie)
Palmer, Alaska
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Wonderful memories that have been shared~
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