Valentine’s Day was nothing spectacular when I was a child growing up in Pasadena, Newfoundland. In fact I remember getting a large book of valentines that had to be cut out first and then I had to write the names of my childhood friends on the back. Finally the cards had to be delivered to houses. You’d knock on the door, flick the valentine in the porch, and then run as fast as you could.
There were not always packs of cards and so we had to try to make our own valentines.I have no recollection of creating boxes or decorating anything to put the valentines in, as children do today. I don’t think there was much emphasis at all on Valentine’s Day when I was in high school.
One small detail that I do remember was writing From Your Secret Admirer on the back of one or two valentines over the years. It kept you guessing if you got a valentine like that. I liked the homemade valentines which showed someone wrote a verse to impress you, but that didn’t happen very much. More often, I saw the words Guess Who on the back and it served to make you wondering why someone didn’t acknowledge that he sent you or delivered to you a heart shaped card.
Having been a teacher for many years, I know there are children who don’t get valentines from all their classmates. It depends on the purchased package. Classes may be smaller now, and children are not forced to leave anyone out of the fun. There are many things I remember about my first two years of teaching, but I don’t remember Valentine’s Day being a big deal in Takla or Kitwancool, British Columbia.
It was like a flash in the pan back then. I smiled or had a laugh at the verses on the cards and I might have wondered who wrote the words on the back but I didn’t treasure the valentines as none have survived and I seldom throw anything out!
Call me a cynic, but today it seems the shopkeepers bring out the Valentine’s items right after Christmas. There are way too many items to buy for loved ones. Instead of asking oneself “What would my loved one like as a special treat?” we rush out buying boxes of chocolates, some heart shaped, dozens of roses, lingerie and other recommended goodies. I like the Valentine’s Days of our childhood where you gave someone a handmade card and treated it like just any other day.
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- Green is the New Red for Valentine’s Day (guide.thesoftlanding.com)
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