Next Tuesday, 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.


Next Tuesday, 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.

On a personal note, I have already done my shopping for Tina, so I hope that she will enjoy it.

I don’t know if students nowadays celebrate Valentine’s Day like I did when I was in elementary school at Triway. So as I write this column, I would like to reflect on what we did back then.

As my brother and I got ready for Valentine’s Day at Triway, Mom took us to the store to purchase those neat little Valentine’s Day cards, candy for the teachers and candy for the day. We returned home and addressed all of the cards to our fellow students.

In school, we were asked to bring in a shoebox to be decorated for the Valentine’s Day party in our respective class. 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, the most original and 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 took 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 would announce that he was taking us all out to eat.

Fast forward quite a few years, shortly after I started working at the Neosho Daily News, I had the pleasure of asking kindergarteners at Westview Schools about what they did on Valentine’s Day. One particular comment sticks into my mind. I was at Westview School and stopped in on their kindergarten class. When asked about their plans, one young boy told me that he was going to give his girlfriend a decorated handprint. He could not tell me her name because she was a little bit older – about 10 years older – and he was going to surprise her with this handprint. Apparently, the two sat on the school bus and he wanted to make her something special.

So as Valentine’s Day approaches, make sure that you get your special sweetheart something nice for the day.
And to Tina, you are my special Valentine’s sweetheart. I love you very much.

Todd G. Higdon is a staff writer and writes a weekly column for the Neosho Daily News. He can be reached at tghigdon@neoshodailynews.com.