I love this quote from JRR Tolkien . His books are on my list of titles to read next, although I am holding out for the day I discover an older thrift-store copy.
I continue to look back fondly on Valentines’ Day from when I was teaching. It was always one of my favorite days. All year long I would save big coffee cans we could transform into mailboxes. The children could decorate them with paint or stickers or both. I would look forward to circle time where we would sign and sing ,”Skid-A-Ma-Rink.” and read stories about friendship. We would pass out Valentines to each other and there would be chaos for a bit, followed by flurries of tiny envelopes and cards. What a great literacy opportunity!
I have saved this Valentine from a wonderful student. It was made with scraps, sequins, paint, and love. It hangs on my bulletin board above my sewing machine.
This year in realizing I didn’t need to make Valentines for a classroom full of students, colleagues, family, and friends I plan to make several that are unique. I assembled a box of lovely little snippets of lace, ribbon, appliqués, buttons, fabric flowers, and paper hearts to use to make Valentines for the grandchildren, family, and special friends.
I took the bag of supplies on a weekend away in the mountains thinking of late, calm, cozy, quiet, evenings crafting by the fire. Instead I raked a lot of pine needles and assisted in replacing a storm door so evenings were cozy, quiet, with crafting replaced with snoozing. So I had grand intentions of having my Valentines complete in plenty of time, but instead I’m rushing to get them into the mailbox.
As I looked through the book and magazines I began cutting out pictures, words, and poems that I could imagine becoming a Valentine. I also began make note of little jokes, puns, and poems that would fit with each picture.
There is space on the inside of the card for a little message. I used suggestions from Naomi Loves on writing platonic love notes for Valentines day.
I do have to rush and get these in the mail right away. They will be mailed across town and across the country. I am making some other cards as well for the special former colleagues and forever friends I will be meeting for breakfast this week.
I am hearing that it is important for aging adults to maintain positive social contacts in order to stay healthy. That’s a great excuse for occasionally hanging out at the local coffee shop with my teaching buddies for breakfast, coffee, and just a bit of Valentines’ candy. Staying connected and busy with the grandchildren is important too. This year instead of sending a treat I’m promising ice cream sundaes on my next visit. I can’t wait.
Thanks for listening. Take care.