Valentines Day – The Big Question


Dewey School:  Kindergarten – Sixth Grade – Evanston, IL.

Valentines Day

I remember the Valentine boxes at Dewey School where every year there was a fancy box for everyone to stuff their Valentines in. The process took an inordinate amount of time, which began with a trip to the Kresge 5 and Dime on the corner of Church and Sherman, across from Marshall Fields Department Store.

images-1Buying the perfect package of valentines was important, but it took even longer to decide which card was appropriate for each person in the class. The messages on the cards were as simple as You’re sweet as a cupcake, but was that the right message for Nancy or Charlie?

Like training wheels on a bicycle, choosing the right message was good practice. We learned how important it is to choose words carefully when talking to those we love. On Valentine’s Day it always begins with the big question….Will You Be My Valentine?

About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her:
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