For awhile tonight I felt like a little girl again...but then I felt really old! I like the young feeling better, but the old is kind of cool too.
Before I left Edmonton I found a book of kid's valentines. The title said they were flocked, vintage valentines. Strange, but to me they looked like the ones we used to give and receive when we were in elementary school back in the 1950s.
I had to buy the book and I brought them down to Arizona with me, intending to send them off to my grandkids back in Canada. Tonight I sat down with scissors, pen and a glue stick to work on my valentine mail. That's when I felt like a little girl again.
I remember these cards so well. I even still have some from back then, stuck in a greeting card scrapbook Mum made for me, starting when I was born and lasting halfway through elementary school. How could those cards be called vintage???! That's when I started to feel old.
Working on the cards tonight brought back memories of decorating shoe boxes with hearts, doilies and stickers to take to school to be used as mail boxes for all the valentines I was sure to receive. Back in those days, right or wrong, it wasn't the rule that all children were treated equal so some kids got lots of cards and others only got a few - I always hoped I'd get enough so that I wasn't embarassed, and I usually did very well. A lot of cards were home made - that was always a fun project, and fun cards to receive. I don't remember any cards being accompanied by lollipops, chocolates or candy of any kind. And there were no cards modelled after television characters or video games!!
Times change, but the fun of giving and receiving these small tokens of friendship, love and humor never changes. I hope you all get a lovely Valentine's day card this year from someone you love.