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Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day, the day where love is in the air.

My thoughts have changed about this day over the years.

When I was a child, I loved it.

Drawing all the artwork at school with construction paper, cutting out hearts, all the glue, and glitter.

The joys of taking it home to your parents, grinning from ear to ear.

The fun of picking out just the right box of valentines to give to your classmates.

Trying to not let it show that some kids you liked more than others.

All those cute little heart-shaped candies, that says be mine, decorated cupcakes and so on.

Valentine’s day as a child is simply sweet.

Then come the teen years, with the crushes and boyfriends or girlfriends.

Oh, now it’s the real cards, those Hallmark cards, that are all sweet and romantic, maybe candy or flowers, or both.

Blushing, hugs and a kiss, maybe a date, or maybe even an I love you.

Much to the chagrin of us parents.

Fast forward a bit, the adult years.

Marriage, children, and life as a married couple.

Those cards are still given, often candy and flowers as well, and dinner out, or maybe a special dinner at home with candlelight.

Oh, and the gifts have gotten a bit more expensive for some, a lot more expensive for others.

Women now often expect something special to slip into, and of course jewelry.

But, for me, at least, even though my dear darling husband always gets me things, usually a romantic card, and flowers.

I’ve come to really prefer something that will last, like a living plant I can put in the garden in the Spring to enjoy forever.

Maybe a sentimental object that I can look at and cherish and treasure for years to come.

But most importantly of all, you know how everybody treats their loved ones so very special on this one day of love.

I would prefer to have every day of my life be the way it is on Valentine’s day, wouldn’t you? 

Each and every day filled with kindness, love, and adoration for one another.

That to me is the greatest gift for Valentine’s day, a day of love and kindness that just repeats itself every day for the rest of our lives.

Happy Valentines Day Everybody!!!!!

Halloween

Halloween, my absolute least favorite Holiday of all. I just simply don’t care for it. Have I always felt this way? Well my goodness no, but oh how it has changed since my kids were little.

Question? Are any of you old enough to remember Halloween back in the 70s? Back when I was a kid it was a lot of fun. The neighbors and community all turned on those porch lights and had candy and goodies galore for all us kids. Why we all would have a great time. You simply knew everybody in the entire neighborhood, everybody took part and it was just a lot of fun.

Costumes were not like today at all. They were the cartoon characters of that time, like Casper, Barbie, Superman, a Princess and so on. It was safe, there was no threat of needles or pins or poisons in the candy. Those were the good days, I miss those times a bunch. I would imagine a lot of you reading this do as well.

Mischief, my goodness, I don’t remember any at all taking place when I was a kid. It just didn’t happen; not in our neck of the woods anyway.

Fast forward to the 80s, times began to change. That’s when my kids were little and I used to take them trick or treating. Why we would go everywhere in our little neighborhood. We still lived in my childhood community. So you guessed it, everybody still treated, it was safe, no worries of bad things in our kids treats, and pranks, the only one I remember during that time, was some of the teens rolling yards. Those were still great times had by all.

But in today’s world, Halloween sure has changed! The majority of the people today don’t even turn on lights anymore and treat. I think that is sad, but I do understand; I don’t either.

There are just too many people that go for the evil things of today. I guess a lot of that is because of television, movies, and games of today. But this old fashioned woman sure doesn’t like any of it. But to each his own as the saying goes.

I do however think its great that the Churches do the fall festivals for kids today, and then there are the block parties and such. But I think the kids of today really missed out on some good old fashioned trick or treating of the days gone by.

So, from my home to yours I want to wish all of you a safe and Happy Halloween!

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