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A Kid Craft Valentine Tradition

February 8, 2009
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We probably all try to pass favorite traditions from our childhoods on to our own kids, right?  Bea and I have some really good memories of how we celebrated Valentine’s Day when we were kids and we’ve carried on the tradition with our own families.  We both have a special valentine box – I think Bea uses the same one every year, but my kids make a new one each year.  It’s either a shoe box or a cereal box that gets decorated with bright papers and a lot of hearts, but it’s really not about the box.  In the days leading up to Valentine’s Day, we all work on making valentines for each other.  When we were little, it was all about the poetry.  Dad was way better at the little rhyming sentiments than Mom.  Fact is, we found out as we got older that some of her poems came from books!  The horror!  But, Dad’s were these kooky little rhymes that suited us each to a T.  I’m smiling just thinking about it.  That’s what we want our kids to remember when they grow up too.  That we all took the time to create these little love notes for each other, even if we have to resort to copying a poem from a book.  It really is the thought that counts.  We save those valentines every year too, so by now we’ve got quite a few.  Some are scribbles, some are drawings, some are odes and poems.  But they all bring back a memory and they’re all the warm and fuzzy kind.

– Shell

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