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Will You Be My Valentine?
Valentine’s Day is approaching once again, and I am thinking about what Valentine’s Day means to me. It first became important to me in grade school. I remember picking out a box of assorted valentines at our locally owner drug store. I have always attended schools with small class sizes, so one box always was sufficient. I always looked forward to exchanging Valentine’s Day cards with my friends and classmates. My mother would help me write everyone’s names on the envelopes and I would sign my name on the back of each card. I still have all of the Valentines I gave my mother, she saved every card I gave her in a folder, and gave them to me when I had a place of my own.
The tradition ended in fifth grade, the days when a simple card or a small heart-shaped box of candy that made you smile were over, it now had a new meaning. It was no longer about friendship and fun, it was for the girls that were dating, my mother would still give me a valentine and that cute little box of candy in the shape of a heart. Valentine’s Day took a new twist in High School, it was now about big cards, stuffed animals and a big box of candy, if you were dating, and if you weren’t, you would pretend the day didn’t exist.
Valentine’s Day as an adult has an entirely different meaning. In the beginning of my 20 year relationship it was nice restaurants, fancy flowers and great chocolates, now we are lucky to have the evening off of work. The day is still special, but in a different way. The day is not about spending money and giving gifts, but more about making time for each other and giving love. I have given Don the same Valentine, birthday card and father’s day card for 20 years, he opens it up, says it is the perfect card, sets it on the table and forgets about it. I put the cards back in my special drawer for next year……. It is a joke with my friends, and I have a friend that actually beat me on this joke. My friend gave her husband a card, he read it and set it on the table, she took it back to the store and got her money back, lol. He never even noticed that the card wasn’t sealed or signed. Priceless !!
Love is the greatest gift we can give and receive, but it has to be everyday, not just on Valentine’s Day. The day has become very commercial, with exchanging extravagant gifts and dining in expensive, overly crowded restaurants. My day will be filled with kindness, time, compassion, respect, and thoughtfulness to the people I love.
I love you means so much more than three words inscribed on a candy heart.
In the last 6 months, I have spent endless hours teaching myself to crochet. I have been on a mission to find a heart rag rug pattern that wasn’t difficult for beginners and wanted to share my findings with you.
This place mat pattern is free and I added a few extra rows to make it a rug. The instructions are well written and I was very happy with the results.
I also found a wonderful pattern on Etsy that is also well written and the seller invited me to write if I had any problems. The only problems I am having with crochet is my own errors, lack of following details and maintaining stitch tension.
If you have a great heart pattern you would like to share, or if you follow one of the patterns I have provided, please share, I would love to see your creations 🙂
Happy Valentine’s Day
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