Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to share family history through old photographs.
This week’s Sepia Saturday prompt is a timely one: Valentines. My family was never very sentimental when it came to saving greeting cards or crafts made by children. However, one Valentine card has survived. Maybe it was the beautiful artwork that prompted my grandparents, Orvin and Lucille Davis, to put it in a special place so that no harm would come to it. Surely they believed future generations would want to see it.
Ordinary construction paper, a little glue, and gold glitter – voila! A masterpiece! Small personalized hearts make this Valentine truly one of a kind.
The poem inside tugs at the ol’ heartstrings.
Get in line!
I want you to be
Wendy & Mary J.
Quite honestly, I probably plagiarized that little ditty from a store-bought Valentine. However, I added my own brand of creativity with those heavy-handed exclamation points emphasizing the sincerity of my message.
I included Baby Sista’s name on the card. I’m sure she was much too young to make her own Valentine, which dates this card 1961 or ’62. Truly vintage.
In keeping with family tradition, I have dutifully tossed out all birthday and Mother’s Day cards as well as Valentines, even those from my darling daughters. Save one. I don’t recall how old Daughter #2 was when she selected this card, but she was obviously old enough to write a message and creative enough to craft her own outline font.
So I would have thought she could have read the front of the card.
I asked Mr. Guilty Party why he allowed that child to buy this card. His response: “That’s what she picked out.” (I’m guessing it was the rainbow colors.)
Some day in the future, she will see this card again and have a good chuckle.
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