“Without Valentine’s Day, February would be…well, January.” 

Today will get as high as 48˚. It is already over 40˚. The sun is bright, the sky cerulean blue. I don’t see a single cloud. Blue goes as far as my eyes can see. Not even the smallest branches are moving. Everything is quiet. Today is a delight.

When I was a kid, I used to jump rope mostly at recess. All over one side of the schoolyard were pockets of jumpers. Back then, boys and girls pretty much stayed on separate sides of the schoolyard, not by dictate, just custom. The boys got the basketball hoops. We tried to get one of the hoops, but the nuns said they were for the boys. That was the end of it. You argued with a nun at your own peril.

Today would have been the day we made our Valentine boxes in school. We had to bring in a shoe box or something around the same size to decorate. The box needed a cover. I remember first making the hole in the cover for the valentines then cutting out construction paper hearts in pink and red and glueing them to the box with enough white glue to cover the world. I’d press the heart to the box so it would stick, and white glue would burst out the sides of the heart. I’d wipe the excess with my fingers which then stayed sticky and stuck to one another. I remember making frills with crepe paper, a talent I’d use later on when I made decorative frills for the bone tops of my crown roasts. We’d finish our boxes and place them on window sills to dry and to wait for the big day.

My mother took us shopping for boxes of valentines. We didn’t give them to everybody back then which made for some angst. The valentines had colorful fronts with fun sayings. The boys could buy some with cowboys or sailors. I remember sitting at the kitchen table signing the valentines and putting names on envelopes. My whole name never fit on the back.

Nala stole nothing yesterday. Jack got bored with me again. He got up on the table to lie down. I was sitting on the bed. Jack is getting braver. He sits on the stairs while Nala sits at the bottom of the stairs and stares at him. Henry was his usual self yesterday.

I am entering more of the world today. I’m meeting friends for lunch. Since the time of covid, I have had meals delivered but haven’t been out to eat. I’m going to Hyannis, the big city.

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4 Comments on ““Without Valentine’s Day, February would be…well, January.” ”

  1. Christer. Says:

    Much the same weather over here but much colder, round 32 all day. Pretty nice to be out walking in it though.

    No celebrating of Valentines at school when I grew up and I think it has died out in schools that started to do it. It isn’t an especially big day over here.

    Everyone at school jumped rope though, even the cool kids 🙂 The kind where two people held the rope and we jumped in between. Well up to a certain age that is 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      Today was really nice and has stayed warm still.It wi get colder as snow is predicted starting around 7 in the morning. I bought some more of the deicer for paws mostly for the back steps into the yard as the dogs aways run down the steps.

      I remember jump roping and jumping pepper which was when the two rope holders went much faster and you had to jump fast. Everyone aways counted the jumps.

      Have a wonderful Sunday!

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    I won’t bore you with today’s weather except spring forgot it’s only February.

    I also won’t rehash my thoughts on Valentines Day along with the other Hallmark created holidays. When I was a kid we did the Valentines Day exchange ritual at school and I was always disappointed that the really hot fourth grade girls didn’t give me a Valentine.

    Sunday is the Super Bowl and since the 1990s my team didn’t make it to the big game. This long drought must really ache at the gut of the 79 year old Jerry Jones, the owner and general manager, of the Dallas Cowboys. He has made them the most successful financial sports franchise in the country, but they can’t get past the first round of the playoffs to get to the big game.

    I will probably watch the game on Sunday for the commercials and the halftime show. Otherwise, I have no interest in the Rams nor the Bengals. I think this will be the first Super Bowl game where one of the teams plays their home games at the venue.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I liked the weather today. I guess it was meant as a counterpoint for tomorrow and the snow.

      I send valentines to all my family.

      I’ll give you a bit of Valentine history. It was at the end of the 5th century, when Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine’s Day. The first official celebration of the day in the US was in the 1840s. Hallmark began in 1910 and first offered Valentine’s Day cards in 1913 and began producing them in 1916. Given when the day started being celebrated, Hallmark was late to the party!

      I have no interest in either team either. I won’t watch. I can see the commercial Monday on UTube.

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