Will You Be Mine?

Olivia Scholz

by Olivia Scholz



For a child of the 1950’s Valentine’s Day was a big deal.  Cupid’s arrow found many a heart even in elementary school especially in 5th and 6th grade.


The teachers made it almost a major holiday. Many hours in art class were spent making fancy Valentine’s out of red construction paper, white lacy paper doilies, buttons, beads or feathers for family members and that special someone.  The teacher would also bring a big cardboard box to class that would be decorated by the students with red, pink, and white construction paper, lace doilies, crepe paper and hearts.  A big slot was cut in the top as this was to be our class “mailbox.”  


Mom and Dad helped us purchase a box of small valentines for all of our classmates and we would patiently sit writing each person’s name on the envelope being careful to pick out just the right one for each friend.  I especially liked the kind that came bound in a soft cover book that you had to punch out.  They were often fancier than the boxed ones.  


When the big day finally arrived we would take the cards to school and put them through the slot into the decorated “mailbox.”  After lunch the party would begin.  One lucky classmate would be chosen to be the mailman and would hand deliver each card to our waiting decorated paper bag.  The anticipation and excitement in the air was so thick it could almost be seen as well as felt.  I guess we didn’t worry so much about getting food poisoning or school liability insurance because parents brought in delicious, decorated home-made cupcakes, frosted cookie hearts, and home-made candy.  Talk about a sugar overload.  


Classes would pretty much be over for the day as we chattered while opening each card, pouring over the sentiment each one expressed.  It was a right of passage and I kept many of the cards over the years, still remembering with a warm heart the many friends of my grammar school years.  


The holiday is still celebrated and promoted by card shops, candy stores, florists, restaurants, jewelry stores and anyone else trying to sell you something.  Over the years Rod & I have always given each other beautiful cards, gone out to dinner or I have cooked something special, and I have received many beautiful bouquets of long-stemmed red roses.  It has always been special and romantic, but they must still compete with the memories of Valentine Days of my youth.  


There the memories will always be surrounded by lacy, home-made hearts!s  

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2 Comments on “Will You Be Mine?”

  1. Scott Says:

    I loved your story mom!

  2. Mary LeBlanc Says:

    Hi Olivia, Yes, I remember those parties, too. I have some cards from the 6th grade and my favorites were the punch-out books, too. Thanks for sharing this. Mary

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