I don’t remember when the last time I received a hand written letter send via mail. If you are a 90s or 80s gal like me, receiving a cassette tape or CD with all your cherished love songs , a scrapbook with witty captions, and scribbled notes will always bring feelings of nostalgia.
In this modern era, emails, texts, e-cards replaced traditional love letters, hallmark cards. Like the old cliche goes, is it really the thought that counts? It is nice to feel extra special when being thought of, and any effort big or small is appreciated, in my opinion.
Whenever I think of valentine’s day, I remember the innocent childhood days. We had our crushes and wrote love letters anonymously, hoping that they know that you existed. We didn’t even want them to reply, we were just content admiring them from a far.
In high school, strong impulses and irrational behavior accompanies raging hormones with puberty. For many, we experienced having our so called first love and first heart break during those years. During the month of February AKA the love month, we had fundraising events for our school. I remember we had kissing booths, auctions and proms. What I look forward to every year was sending letters through a SWAK mail. The mechanics of the program is that you can anonymously send your love letters for a cost.
The letter folded in a certain way would always be signed by: Your Secret Admirer. I remember sending them to random people just for fun. My bonker brain didn’t know how to react when I received a letter with the initials of a boy I liked. I had poor self-esteem during that time and didn’t answer the letter back.
Fast forward twenty years, it’s that time of the year again. I look forward to my son’s classroom valentines exchange. Being a frugal non-crafty mom, I usually get the boxed valentines when they be on sale the year before. Do you ever have that moment when you cannot find where you put away stuff? Last year, we had oriental trading lego hearts goodie bags for my son’s special education class. This year, they have more kids in his class which is good because he gets to socialize with neurotypical kids. My son is very fond of his only friend who is a girl. Im just ecstatic that he had made a friend.
We all have some funny, unforgettable, embarrassing, romantic valentine memories. I am excited to hear your stories too. Please leave a comment below. XOXO