The artifact today is a 1957 Valentine preserved in the scrapbook that starred in Episode One of Show and Tell, the video series that will run in this blog space once or twice a month, depending on the response it gets from viewers like you.
The valentine in the video could use a little more context. One of my great desires in childhood was to be like the other kids and have a TV. This desire was so powerful that I dreamed about it. So looking at a valentine featuring a TV set and sent to me from another little Mennonite girl who was equally (to our way of thinking then) deprived, amuses me now.
On this day of appreciating our friends, let me say again how much I enjoy sharing this space with you where we extract meaning out of our lives. My own life is much the richer because of you. Happy Valentine’s Day!
And if you are up for a really profound Valentine treat for memoir writers and readers, try this one from Lisa Dale Norton: The Love and Hate of Memoir.
Do you have any Valentine artifacts, either physical or metaphysical, to share? A memory perhaps of that big, yet scary, day in elementary school when everyone distributed valentines and counted them up at the end of the day ? Or a first Valentino in your life?