Tuesday, January 27, 2009

A Valentiine Gift for You

I'm so slow lately, I've

been meaning to copy some of my favorite Valentines to share with you. Here are a few from my collection. My personal favorite Valentines are from around the 50s and 60s. I just love the rounded faces of those. A lot of these are quite a bit older/not sure how old, but more of a Victorian era. The verses are quite poetic, kind of a culture shock compared to nowadays. Feel free to use these in your Valentine projects. I have a lot more that are mounted on cardstock that go on my old window hanging in my dining room, but I didn't get those scanned.

Valentine's Day has always been very special to me. It brings the kid out in me more than the sweetheart thing, although I do have very a "very fond affection for my dear love". I think part of it is I love the red color, the cheerfulness of a Valentine. I love the old paper doilies, too, although I'm not a real prissy Victorian type. It just brings me back to the days when I was in grade school and we traded Valentine's with our classmates. We would work really hard on huge envelopes that were attached to our desks on Valentines Day. Then, party day, we would all go around and put Valentines in each others envelopes. It would have been unheard of to miss someone, though I do admit to wearing out a few, reading them over and over, pretending that the boy really meant what he said in my Valentine. I never stopped to think that he probably gave all the girls the same Valentine! And yes, I always did save my favorite for my favorite boy. My mother was always my room mother! She and one or two other moms came and brought games and cakes and candies, and oh what fun we had. As I remember, my mom went to nearly every field trip I ever went on! I was always proud that she took the time to be our room mother. (In fact, before I was in school, there were some classes who couldn't get volunteers, and my mom was THEIR room mother!)
Do you watch "Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown"? I get kinda sick feeling when poor Charlie Brown doesn't get a Valentine. What kind of class room would have a party and let one kid get left out? It just makes me mad. But there is a lesson in it. There are people in our lives who are not the prettiest, not the smartest, not the most popular. Maybe other people think they're weird. Maybe THEY think they're weird! Everyone should have a Valentine, right?
I actually learned this lesson in second grade. There was a girl in our class who smelled. She didn't have cute clothes (I wasn't always crazy about my own home-made clothes or Tony home perm my mom put me in, either). I was never what you'd call "mean", but I was friends with some girls who were not really very nice. I learned a trick from them, and to my shame, I followed along. This girl would bring these star-shaped chocolate candies to school, and us "other" girls told her she had to give us some or we wouldn't play with her. I still feel bad for doing that. As long as I live, I will always remember having done this, and all my life I've made it a rule not to be that kind of person ever again. I had my share of being made fun of because of my last name. I remember being yelled by the kids on my schoolbus because I always forgot where I was and started singing when the motor would run (I still do that LOL) I know how it is to be teased, but I think it's more shameful to be one who would be so mean. My confession, LOL.

So, in an effort to make sure everyone gets a Valentine, here's my Valentine to YOU!!!!


Olde Dame Penniwig said...

Thank'ee for the Valentines! I love the ones of the 50s and 60s, too -- they often have such cute puns on them, and the older ones are so pretty.

Don't beat yerself up about extracting the star-shaped chocolates from yer little classmate! Those other girls misled you and no doubt you were under pressure, and honey, ye were just a child!

Speaking as a child who also never received any Valentines and was totally smelly and disheveled and rather tormented, I can assure ye it's all part of life & can be very strengthening to the character & heart!

Karen said...

You didn't get Valentines? My heart is sad about that, but I think you're very right about character building. The things that happen to us either make us stronger and better, or we become bitter and hard. Even when I did that mean thing, it still teaches me something, 40 years later! We all have value!

debbie said...

Thanks for sharing all your adorable Valentines with us!! So cheerful!! What a good reminder to send out Valentines!! Happy Valentines to you too!! hearts to you!!

carolyn at cranberry crossings: said...

Thsoe are so pretty! Thanks for sharing with us!
It always breaks my heart that Charlie Brown gets left out of everything. What teacher could allow that to happen?
Happy Valentines Day to you! It will be here before we know it!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Your vintage Valentines are wonderful. Thank you for sharing them. It is a shame how mean some kids can be. And it is very easy to go along with it when you are a child. I think we all can look back to times in our childhood when we might have done something differently if we knew how.


SweetAnnee said...

Oh you are so sweet..Who wouldn't want chocolate. and who has seen star shaped
Thanks for sharing your Valentine's AND
your story.. I loved Valentine's day and still
do..although it's totally different then when
we were children

hugs to you..Deena

Wendy said...

Those are such cute Valentines!! I know what you mean I was teased pretty good in school too. Thank you for your prayers my friend! Have a wonderful day!~Wendy

Laurie said...

I love the valentines and I love your story. You are a generous, good and kind person. Anyone can tell just by reading your blog. I'm glad you shared your story, we can alway learn from the things we're not so proud of. Aren't you glad for humility, grace and forgiveness!

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Happpy VAlentines Day Karen! You have a lovely collection. I NEED to get printer cartridges so I can print some fun stuff like that. cherry