Herald-Journal Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, February 9, 1998

Be my valentine

By OPAL "GRANDMA " HABISCH

I am 10 years old and my name is Mary and we are going to have a valentine's party at school. We will play games and have a lunch. My mother is making a heart cake, so it will look like a valentine all red and pretty.

I am going to wear a red dress and shoes.

When we got to school everybody was in red or some kind of valentine color.

I wrote out my valentines and one was for a boy, but I could not give it to him. I asked one of the other girls to do it and they said ,"Are you kidding? I would never give a boy a valentine."

Well, how will he get get it.

"Don't ask me!"

"I know let's go over where they are passing out cake." I said.

Then what.

"Oh, I know let's get a plate and put it on it and wait until he comes for his cake and give him this plate, okay."

That's just we did. We waited and waited and he didn't come and the cake was just about all gone.

"Well, I said, I want a piece so let's go and get a piece." Before I could take the card off the plate, they put the cake right on top of it.

"Now what am I going to do?"

The girls said, Jim doesn't have a piece of cake. Give him yours."

So I gave it to him and he said thank you. I turned as red as my dress, but now I didn't have any cake.

All at once Jim came over to me and said would you like the rest of my cake.

"Oh, thank you," I said, but I don't eat sweets. I don't want to get fat.

"Oh, you won't get fat, you're just right." And then he put his cake plate with the card on it in the waste basket.

I was glad as I didn't know what to say anyway. I told my mother and she said when the time is right you will be able to give him a valentine.

And she sure was right. Now I'm 24 and I have my own valentine every day, my husband.

So boys and girls don't be in a hurry for that special valentine. He's out there for you. Just wait. One day you will turn around and there he will be.


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