The Best Valentine's Day Gift Ever
When I was five years old, I had the best Valentine's Day of my life. Mrs. Martin's Kindergarten class was having a Valentine's Day party, and I wanted to make an impression. So, my mother dressed me up my red corduroy jumper and white turtle with tiny hearts all over it. I was feeling quite fancy for such a gathering! I put pink ribbons in my hair for a final touch and I was ready to hit the town. When I got Mrs. Martin's classroom I couldn't believe my eyes! The room was covered in construction paper hearts. They were big and small. They covered the walls and some were even hanging from the ceiling. I was even more excited to be there. When we got to our desks, we began making valentine mail boxes out of paper plates and paste. As I constructed my mail box, I began to wonder how many I was going to receive. "Oh, no," I thought, "what if I don't get any valentines?" I began to worry. What if I was the girl that no one gave a valentine to? What would I do then? Mrs. Martin took our mail boxes and hung them on the wall and we began to deliver our cards. I took out the cards I brought. I had written all my classmates names on them, by myself. And I put each of them in their respective boxes. I was very nervous. I still wondered if I had gotten any, so I peaked into my box. To my relief there were some in there! I continued delivering my valentines until it was time for snack. Served especially for this fine holiday were heart shaped cookies and pink milk. After such a treat, we opened our mail boxes. I got one from Sally, Jerome, my best friend Maria, but then I spotted a large, red heart covered in polka dots. There was lace around the edges and pink yarn around the border. It was so beautiful, I didn't want to touch it. I looked around to see if it had a twin, but it didn't. I turned it over and it simply read, I Love You. I smiled. I kept flipping it over and over again to find a signature but not a trace of one was to be found. It was a mystery to me then as much as it is now. I don't know who it was from or if it was even meant for me in the first place, but I have kept that valentine with me for almost 20 years. It has been my source of inspiration to do so many different things in my life, to take risks, to see adventure. So whoever wrote that valentine to me so many years ago, thank you for the best Valentine's Day gift ever.
Tue, 02 Feb 2010 08:05:55 +0000
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