Today, loved ones will head to restaurants or cook for that special someone a candlelight dinner or even purchase something for their sweetheart, as Valentine's Day will commence.
Personally, for Tina and I, we will be heading to a favorite restaurant of ours to enjoy the night.
Prior to writing this column, Tina told me about how she observed the day when she was growing up. She noted that the students would make a Valentine's mailbox out of a shoebox, where the students would put their cards in. How ironic is that, for I did the same when I attended Triway Elementary School in Stella.
As my brother and me got ready for Valentine's Day at Triway, Mom would take us to the store and purchase those neat little Valentine's Day cards, candy for the teachers and candy for the day. We would then return home and address all of the cards to our fellow students.
I don't remember a lot about the boxes that I decorated, but rest assured, it had some kind of red hearts on it with a slot for the students to drop in their cards. One of my favorite types of candy was getting those little hearts with the sayings "Be Mine" or "You're Sweet." And yes, I loved the chocolate candy as well.
As children, we would also give our teachers some candy and a card. For the decorated shoeboxes, we would have contests on various categories such as the most decorated to the most original to the most colorful. Then when it came party time, mounds and mounds of candy, cookies, punch and other homemade treats would be lined up ready for the children to eat. Forming a line, we would then take our cards around to all of the decorated shoeboxes and put the cards in. Later, the students would have the chance to see who was their Valentine.
Once we got home, there were additional surprises. First, Mom and Dad had Valentine's Day cards waiting for us, with a special treat. Then Dad announced that he was taking us all out to eat.
I don't know if schools have Valentine's Day events like Tina and I did growing up, but for us, they were good memories.
Todd G. Higdon is a staff writer and writes a weekly column for the Neosho Daily News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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