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|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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