“Love is a sweet aroma, it fills the room with a wonderful atmosphere. Happy Valentines Day.”

Valentine’s Day was a special day when I was a kid. The preparations started early. In school, during art, we transformed shoe boxes into decorated valentine’s boxes. They stayed in school until the big day. My mother and I would walk uptown to Woolworth’s where I’d take my time choosing the right valentine. Back then the valentines had a picture on the front with a funny saying, sometimes even a pun, and a blank back for signing. When I was really young, I used the whole back to sign my name so it snaked all the way around.

On the night before Valentine’s Day, my mother made the cookies for the class party. I signed my valentines, slid them into envelopes, wrote my classmates names on the front and put them in my school bag.

My friends and I chatted the whole walk to school about who would give us valentines and even who wouldn’t. We had hopes.

At school, the cookies and all the other goodies were covered and put away until the afternoon. Our decorated boxes stayed on the floor beside our desks. The valentines were safe in my school bag. I was supposed to pay attention to geography or English, or even worse, arithmetic, but I was too excited and so were many of my classmates, mostly the girls.

Finally, the time came and we put our boxes on our desks. When the nuns called us, we’d walk from row to row putting valentines in boxes. In those days the nicety of giving everyone a valentine had yet to come into play.

After all the valentines had been given out, the party started. We took turns going to the front to pick sweets. Mostly there were cookies, sugar cookies in the shape of a heart. We’d eat and we’d open all the valentines.

I carried my box on the way home as if it were gold. Once home and out of my school clothes, I’d look over my valentines again and show a few to my mother. She’d laugh at the puns, but I think she was just being nice. They were awful.

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10 Comments on ““Love is a sweet aroma, it fills the room with a wonderful atmosphere. Happy Valentines Day.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    I seem to remember back in the day that a Valentine Card was to be anonymous. You maybe sent one card, didn’t sign it and hoped that the lucky recipient would consider herself lucky, realize it was you and the whole world would go Hayley Mills.

  2. olof1 Says:

    We didn’t do that when I was a kid and I don’t think they do it now eitherI think theyb tried it is some schools but the bullied kids never got any cards and the news brought it up and it all died out again.

    We had our cookies at Saint Lucia instead 🙂 Cookies and Julmust and life was good 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      I don’t know if they do it now as everything has to be so politically correct, and it is St. Valentine’s Day. I think they probably give everyone cards.

      We had juice with our cookies and life was good here too.

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I remember doing the Valentine thing in school. I don’t remember any details but I remember picking out the cards. They were always the flat ones that didn’t open. Like postcards but in shapes other than rectangular. I remember making them, too. Red construction paper cut in a heart shape and glued on round paper lace doilies. With that white school paste that some kids liked to eat, why I don’t know. Blech.

    Today is Rocky’s 8th birthday. The birthday dinner was chicken and green beans. This time Piki Dog didn’t beat Rocky to Rocky’s plate as he did last year.

    And the day was glorious. Lots of sun, no wind, slightly above freezing. NO SNOW! I was outside without a coat, hat, mittens, or a snow shovel for the first time in days. Lovely. 🙂

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Those were the same valentines I bought. I even still have a few with names scrawled across the back. They did have some of the worst puns though I didn’t realize that’s what they were back then.

      I saw the festivities on Facebook. Both of the dogs were standing there and being quite good. They looked to be really enjoying the birthday dinner. It was good of Piki Dog to behave.

      It was beautiful here too. Gracie’s friend Cody came by and they played in the yard. I didn’t go out except on the deck for a while. Everything was tripping.

  4. Jay Bird Says:

    The nuns made us give a Valentine’s card to EVERYONE of the opposite sex, which made for 30 cards to sign. You were given a list of boys or girls names so you didn’t forget someone. That was a good lesson! I’m thinking 5th grade was the last of this… we were too mature after that!

    • katry Says:

      In my first grade, there were 45 or 50 kids so the nuns didn’t push the everybody valentine thing.

      The list would have been great to have as it was a struggle remembering last names.

      I don’t remember when we stopped having the party. Maybe when we got to the second floor where grades 6. 7. and 8 were housed.

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