Thursday, January 29, 2009

My First Valentine


With Valentine's Day drawing near I was remembering my first Valentine's Gift from a Boy.

I was in the fourth grade. It was a big deal when I was in school to give your teacher a gift. So my parents had gotten each (4) of us children a box of candy to give to our Teachers. I was so proud of my gift. We also had made our Valentine mail boxes the night before. We used shoe boxes, construction paper, scraps of lace, ribbon and glue to create these precious boxes. Then we wrote out our cards. While we were doing this my Mom and Grandmother baked and decorated cupcakes for our parties. We were especially proud of our cupcakes this year. They were decorated with pink frosting and crushed peppermint candy. We thought them so beautiful!!

The next morning we dressed in our new red dresses our Grandmother had made for us. We were so proud of all our goodies.

Shortly after I arrived at school this boy in our class gave me the biggest box of candy I had ever seen. Twice as big as the one I gave my teacher. Plus he had bought me a special card. I was so embarrassed. My face was red all day. I tried to hide the box of candy in my desk but it was too big. The other kids found it and begin to make fun of us. They were saying the little rhymes of the day such as Mary and----- sitting in a tree kis-s-ing. Oh I just wanted to go home.

Our teacher being the wise woman she was found out about what was going on. She called me to the side and asked me if I liked ---- as a friend I answered yes. Then she said is ----- a boy? I again said yes. Then she asked if I like Chocolate Candy !!! I said yes. Thinking who doesn't like chocolate candy. Then she replied looks to me like what we have here is a boy giving his friend who just happens to be a girl a big box of candy. Then she said I could either be embarrassed or I could share the candy with my friend. You see my friend was my next door neighbor and we played together every day. What a smart woman my teacher was!!

I took the candy home my friend came over after school and we ate candy till our stomachs hurt.

24 comments:

Lea of Farmhouse Blessings said...

What a sweet memory!

Smiles,
Lea

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

This is such a sweet story...you've done your teacher a great credit to remember it so well.

vivian said...

great story Mary!
and thanks for your sweet comments lately! then have meant a lot to me!
hugs
vivian

Denise said...

Such a story........ I remember V-Day at school, when we would each have a big envelope stuck to the wall.. Each one would go around and put their V-Day card in the envelopes..... what fun that was to take them home and read each card.. I wish I had my childhood V-day cards with me today...... they would make me smile........

Thanks for shaking up that memory... I forgot all about that.......

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Mary!

I loved your Valentine story! I also remember making the Valentine box out of a shoe box and making out the cute little valentines to place into my classmates boxes. What a thrill that was. We'd have a Valentine's party in our classroom with treats and usually cupcakes & cookies and punch that the Mother's Club made! What wonderful memories!

Have a great weekend! Hugs,Sherry

Betsy from Tennessee said...

What a sweet story, Daisy.. I can't remember who gave me my first Valentine.. Wish I could remember!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

debbie said...

DEAR MARY ISABELLA AND KILEY,
THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR VISITING MY BLOG. I LOVE TO WRITE POETRY AND SHORT STORIES ALSO. IT IS AMAZING HOW MUCH WE HAVE IN COMMON...EXCEPT I HAVE NOT BEEN BLESSED WITH GRANDCHILDREN YET. I CAN TELL YOU LOVE YOUR GRANDCHILDREN VERY MUCH.
I SPENT SOME TIME READING YOUR STORIES AND GETTING TO KNOW YOU.
I DID NOT THINK I WOULD FIND SOMEONE THAT I WAS TALLER THAN BUT I'VE GOT YOU BEAT...I'M 4FT 10" AND MY SHOE SIZE IS A 5 SOMETIMES A 6 BUT RARELY. (but at least my son got some height...he is 6ft and my daughter made it to 5ft 1") I AM 53 YEARS YOUNG.
I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO MORE POSTS FROM YOU.
THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE VALENTINE MEMORY.
HUGS
debbie

darla said...

That's such a cute story and a what a wonderful teacher you had.

I can't remember my first Valentine but then sometimes it is all I can do to remember my first NAME. LOL!

Darla (e-mail prob. is fixed now!)

Mary said...

Mary,

This is a wonderful post. What sweet memories you have of that Valentine's Day. I'm glad you listened to your teacher, who was indeed a very wise woman.

Thanks for your comments on my post. This was one nightmare of a day. Meeko is at the vet as I type this. I will post an update later.

Blessings,
Mary

Terri said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. What a wondeful memory for you. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Kaci said...

Very interesting story... Valentines Day is very important occasion... I just love this!!

bluemuf said...

What a lovely Valentine story. You were blessed to have such a caring teacher. Memories like this and others that you have written need to go into a memory book for your grandchildren to cherish.

Hugs Karen

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

She was a wise lady!

Thanks for entering the puppy naming contest on my blog.

Becky said...

Mary Isabella, A most sweetest story. How Lovely, thanks for sharing.

Smiles,
Becky

Back Through Time said...

What a cute story! So glad you shared your Valentine memory with us.
I loved it!
Michelle

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Oh Mary, I loved your little story.It brought back memories of making my valentine boxes too.That was so much fun !

Cottage Way of Life said...

What a great Valentine's story!

Just wanted to drop by and leave a word of thanks for stopping by my blog. Good luck with my OWOH giveaway, loved visiting you!

Best-
Sue

Margaret Cloud said...

What a touching story, and very cute. It is embarrassing in school, when you are young, to have a boy pay attention to you. I just love teachers that can see your predicament and help you out. I bet you looked cute in that red dress, I never received anything from my grandmother's, they had passed away before I was born.

KarenHarveyCox said...

What a nice story Mary. It's funny how certain ones are so special and vivid. Your teacher sounded like a wise woman, and what fun to have received such a big box of candy at such a little age.
Karen

ShabbyInTheCity said...

That is hilarious! Man I could sure get embarrassed over anything boy related at that age!!! That would have put me under back then!

Jackie said...

What a lovely story and what a smart teacher you had. Thanks for sharing with us the box of chocolates that is your life.

God bless.

Diana Evans said...

what a wonderful memory...thanks for sharing it....so wonderful to meet you..thanks for popping by and saying hello!!!

hugs
Diana

Lallee said...

That is such a sweet story. I'm so glad you shared. Valentines Day was so big.....and emotional.....at school. Fond memories.

Eileen said...

Great Story!

Eileen http://ruralwisconsin.blogspot.com/