Valentine's Day is one of those holidays that you either love or you dislike passionately. I have known countless numbers of people who not-so-lovingly refer to Valentine's as Singles Awareness Day. I, though, do not fit into this category. Even after my very painful divorce I looked forward to Valentine's Day. To me, the whole sentiment of the holiday is not that you have a partner but to simply take joy in those around you that you love and that love you back.
My children back in what seems like a long time ago, yet just yesterday! And yes, my scrapbook skills have improved immensely since then. :)
One of my fondest Valentine's Day memories as a child is, honestly, odd. I have no idea the circumstances or exactly what happened but this is what I remember. I must have been in about 2nd or 3rd grade and I was in my parents' room. My mother was sitting on the bed and she said there was a surprise for me in the closet. It was a new pair of church dress shoes! Now why this memory has such a fond feeling for me, I have no idea but I just remember being so happy. In retrospect, my mother probably didn't have my traditional Valentine's chocolate box for me but did have a pair of shoes for me in the closet so she just settled for that.. I don't know. It's funny how we remember some of the oddest things in a very fond way.
Of course, the most important activity for any school child was (and is) the Valentine cards. Oh how I adored making the most beautiful box every year to house my cherished Valentines from classmates. There was one boy which was in several of my classes throughout the years. He attached "love" stamps of varying values to the cards of all the girls. If you got a high value love stamp you were definitely more popular and prettier than the rest. I remember thinking 'if only Ryan would give me a great big love stamp I would have more friends, be more popular, etc.', how silly! Of course, I always got a low value love stamp! Illusive 6th grade popularity darn you!
This is the actual card with the 'love' stamp from my 6th grade class. Yes, I keep everything but hey, at least it's nicely organized in my scrapbooks. :)
Nowadays there are so many choices for Valentine cards, both for kids and adults alike. There are some great online options that give you so many fun choices. Shutterfly seriously has some gorgeous - and I mean gorgeous - Valentine's Day card designs. Oh, I can image back in the day if I had the option of giving out designer cards with my photo I would certainly have been the most popular girl in school. Don't you think? At Shutterfly I could have even created wonderful stickers of my own to attach to my Valentine's Day cards. Or maybe even given some very cool Valentine's Day gifts! Ok, ok.... getting myself worked up here. Seriously though, Shutterfly has fabulous options for all occasions, even Birthday Invitations.
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