Heart Shaped Ramblings

February 14, 2008

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared a good children’s book, and I’ve found just the right one for February 14th. But first, a little something from back in the day…

The Greeting Card Association estimates one billion Valentine cards are sent each year, with women making 85% of the purchases. Here is one from my dad I found tucked away in one of my mom’s memory boxes. In later years the cards were accompanied by a heart shaped box of chocolates. What a guy.

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And here’s another that was sent to my mom and dad from her parents. It has a brad in the center which allows the boat to pivot on the waves. I love looking through the rememberings my mom set aside. Most of the cards are still in the addressed envelopes complete with postmarks dating the places where they lived. Many of the envelopes that were not addressed have the year written on the lower right hand corner. I often wonder if she knew how much enjoyment they would bring me these many years later.

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For the little one in your life, or for you if you enjoy children’s books as much as I do, The Very Special Valentine is a nice read. The illustrations are soft and colorful, with just the right splash of glitz to catch the reader’s eye.

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The Very Special Valentine by Christine Tagg; Maggie Keen (illustrator)

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The folded pages are card stock weight and die cut to reveal just a glimpse of what hides underneath when you open them to continue reading.

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In this story, Bunny Gray searches the forest to find the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for Rosie. What appear to be precious gems are in fact some of nature’s most wonderful gifts; a glistening spider web, pebbles shimmering in the water and sunlight dancing on leaves of emerald green. “Nature is more beautiful than gold or jewels so rare. Each new day’s a precious gift to share!” A nice read with a good lesson to match.

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After the kiddies have toddled off to bed, how about a nice glass of wine? We were gifted a bottle of Llano Estacado Blush not too long ago, and if I were anywhere near the winery in Lubbock, Texas I would surely have another. If you like fresh and fruity, this is wine is a winner. I’m trying to cultivate some friends in a neighboring state with less restrictive import laws. So, if you live adjacent to Indiana and would like to share a case, give me a heads-up in the comment area.

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I might even sweeten the deal with the best gadget ever. This little gem pops the cork out of a wine bottle with little effort in no time flat. Just sayin.

To close, here’s a little Valentine’s Poem by Grace:

Kisses make the heart beat;
Chocolate makes us feel complete.

Hugs are a warm embrace;
Lingerie is underwear with lace.

Teddy Bears are like Mr. Snuggle;
Fireplaces are for huddles.

Cards are a simple gift;
Candy hearts are for your frown to lift.

All these things are for a special day;
And, no, Valentine’s is not in May …

A girl after my own heart! Hope your day is a good one.

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9 Responses to “Heart Shaped Ramblings”

  1. Molly Says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day to you Gawilli. Your Valentine cards are sweet. How nice that your mother kept these cards and that you still have the cards.

  2. chrisb Says:

    Those cards are so sweet and the poem is cute. Happy Valentine Day.

  3. corky Says:

    That wine looks good! Happy Valentine’s Day. Hope you have a nice one. 😉

  4. debi Says:

    How great to have the cards from you Mom and Dad. I love when you tell stories of your family. Have a happy day.

  5. Willowtree Says:

    I have one of those wine openers, they work pretty good.

  6. daddy d Says:

    Nice cards. The wine sounds nice also. Today is special, but everyday has special parts to it also.

  7. katy Says:

    how wonderful that you have these memories from your mum and dad. the memory box is a lovely idea.
    wine i would love tojoin you on that one, shame I dont live nearer!

  8. Hilary Says:

    What lovely memories that you were able to share. Thanks for sharing them with us too.


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