The Valentine Box: Remember?

When I was in school, as I’m sure it was for many of you, Valentine’s Day was a huge event! We exchanged Valentine cards with every single child in our class, whether we were actually friends or not. Cards were usually bought at your nearest department store or grocery store, and there were no less than 32 cards per pack.

Specialty Cards

Each pack of cards contained some special ones and some not-so-special ones. Of course, the “coolest” cards were saved for our best friends! There were even special “teacher” cards, which were usually a little bigger and a little more aptly worded.

Some cards had built-in sucker holders! How cool was it to get a card that had a sucker, or a Hershey’s Kiss, or some other small candy attached? Some mom’s made their kids give these to every child, again, whether they liked them or not. Boy, those were the days!

You always knew whether a card was from a boy or a girl, just by the characters on them. Batman, Spiderman, and other superhero cards were always from the boys, while princess cards or My Little Pony was always from the girls.

The All-Important Valentine Box

I don’t know if it was commonplace for everyone, but we made special boxes to receive our cards in where I grew up. Some of us spent the better part of a week making all the final touches and getting everything just right.

A shoebox was what most of us started with, covering it with some kind of special wrapping paper or construction paper. Some kids couldn’t afford those things, and so a few were covered with the comics section of the Sunday newspaper.

Looking back on it, even though we all knew those kids weren’t as “well-off” as some, we never EVER made fun of them! Bullying was one thing we all dealt with back then – in a MUCH different way than now – but on Valentine’s Day, even the meanest and nastiest children wouldn’t go that far.

Anyway, our boxes were covered, with a nicely placed slit in the top cover for cards to be deposited. I think we all made them a little larger than usual, just in case we got a sucker card! Some boxes were specially adorned with construction paper hearts or other add-on’s that really made us the talk of the class that day.

Taking The Valentine Boxes Home

Of course, we were given a little time to look over the cards we received while still in school. But getting them home was a special time indeed. We got to share them with our moms, telling them who we liked and didn’t like and then being scolded for our snobbery.

Sometimes we had to write thank you cards. I think that’s such a lost art, don’t you? Teaching children such manners at a young age? Now it seems almost unthinkable to expect such grown-up behavior from children. I think we might need to step back and re-evaluate!

It Was A Different World

Taking it all into consideration and looking back on how things were, I have to wonder, how did the world change so much? I really have trouble sometimes trying to figure out how we got from “there” to “here,” but I guess every generation goes through something like that.

With all the things going wrong in the world, we have to keep things in perspective. Now, most of us have grown up and had children of our own. They’re like our own little Valentine’s Boxes, aren’t they? Gorgeous, well taken care of, and adorned the best we know how.

It’s almost like paying it forward these days. We put our very best into them and send them out into the world. Those Valentine Boxes from school-days gone by were so very special on that one day.

But these little Valentine Boxes that God gave us, we can fill with love every single day.

Let’s give them something to celebrate!

11 Comments

  1. Oh I love the analogy! Yes we can fill those boxes with love! I can remember those days of making our own decorated boxes. They were more simple back then than these days! It was one of my favorite holidays in school! The candy, parties and cards were so much fun! And of course, I drew lots and lots of hearts, some with arrows. 😆💜💕💘💟

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      I thought about you especially on this holiday, Sis, lol <3 I bet you DID draw lots of hearts!! Those simple days... we will NEVER forget how God has blessed us! Love you!

      1. Awe, Stacey! 💜💕💯
        I actually did. 😂🙊 We had coloring contests in each grade in elementary school. I may not have been much good in math, but I loved art and all the other subjects. 🙂
        Isn’t it amazing how God was watching us even then and knew the plans He had for us? I am still amazed at His grace and mercy! Love you! 💜

  2. I love how you weave your analogy from homemade Valentine boxes to our children who are better then those boxes. Today my daughter and I went to town to grocery shop which is always a special time for us. WE laugh a lot and carry on. In May of last year we moved up to where she lives since she will eventually become our care givers. They had an old hunter one room cabin, very crude which they turned into a place for us. Adding on a bedroom and bath and much much work we now have a wonderful place to live for the rest of our life here on earth. She is our girl valentine. Our son, is moving to Texas so we have a boy valentine too. Valentine Day was not a good holiday for me when I was a child. My home life was bad due to my Dad’s drinking so any holiday was usually ruined because of him. This year I told my husband instead of buying me candy or flowers lets someone out to eat for lunch after church. WE did, had a great time. So my Valentine Day was special because of that. I am going to contact you about your ghost writing, maybe you can help me with something.

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      What a beautiful day you surely had! And I admit, I’m a bit jealous about that cabin, lol. That is my dream! I don’t know that I’ll ever see it come pass, but if it’s God’s will, He surely knows my heart for something like that. We also have a girl and a boy valentine! 🙂 Well, TWO boy valentines lol. Our oldest son, who is high functioning autistic like our middle one at home, lives in a group home, holds two jobs and has a wonderful young lady in his life. He is flourishing there, but we have the two at home that keep us busy, bustling and full of love, even on the hard days <3

      We never really did anything on holidays either, for the most part, except for Christmas. Daddy was a miner and Mama was a homemaker, and although there was plenty enough love to go around, we didn't go all out on that holiday. This year, I made a from scratch Valentine's cake 🙂 Vanilla cake with homemade strawberry glaze icing and dusted with coconut. It was a hit!

      Yes, please do contact me! I look forward to hearing from you! 🙂 Blessings to you and yours!

  3. Not sure if my last comment went through, but I so enjoyed remembering my childhood Valentines celebrations! What a fun post 🙂

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      Yes! 🙂 Sorry about the delay, but I definitely agree…it is such a fun memory to recall. Thanks for commenting! 🙂

      1. You are welcome, Stacey! I love how God can speak to us through absolutely anything if He chooses to and we are listening!

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