Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, Feb. 14, 2000

Surprise . . . it's Valentine's day


One day, Father said to Mary and Jo Jo, "You know, Feb. 14 is Valentine's Day. Let's go to town and buy some flowers and candy."

Mary was 7 years old and Jo Jo, Mary's younger sister, was just 5.

"I will go get Mother," Jo Jo said.

"Oh no, you can't do that," Mary told her. "This is a surprise for Mother. We can't tell her."

So off to town they went. As they walked out the door, their mother said, "I wish I could go with you, but I am right in the middle of baking a cake."

"That's too bad, " Father told her. "I'm sorry, but I can't wait. I must go right away."

"That's okay," Mother said. "I will go with you next time."

"Whew, that was a close call," Father said to the girls as they set out for town.

When they got there, Father went to the farm store to get some things he needed for the barn. Then he and the girls went to the flower shop.

Father said to the lady behind the counter, "Each of my girls want to pick out a flower for their mother. Then I will pick out some other flowers and we would like them put into a valentine vase."

The girls each picked out a pretty flower. Father picked the same kind of flowers Mother had in her wedding bouquet.

All of the flowers looked very beautiful in the pretty vase. They also picked out a big box of candy.

"We can all eat some of this," Father said.

Then they hurried home.

Father, Mary, and Jo Jo walked into the house and yelled, "Surprise!"

At the very same time, Mother met them at the door and yelled, "Surprise!"

Everyone started to laugh and cry at the same time, they were all so happy.

Mother said, "I baked this Valentine cake just for you."

Mary said, "We picked out these pretty flowers and a big box of candy just for you."

"Looks like this was a very 'surprising' Valentine's Day," laughed Father.

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