I am not sure if Valentine’s Day at school is a big event anymore. When I was attending our Cottage School (grades one to four) it was the war years. There were shortages and even greeting cards were difficult to find. Valentine cards for children were book form, and you were required to spend hours cutting them out.
Days before February 14th preparations began. The Valentine box was constructed. It had the mail-box slot in the top and was adorned with paper lace doilies all around. It was a competition to see who would garner the most cards. There was always some students who only received a few cards.
I would cut out ALL the cards in my Valentine book. More than enough to give one to each of my fellow classmates. But, then for those who I felt might be ignored I would give two or three more – signed “your friend”. It was my little secret.
I’m sending a Valentine card to everyone who has taken the time to come into my world. May your day be one of love and happiness.