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Do You Remember, Valentine?

By Susan M. Thigpen © 1984-2012

Issue: February, 1984

February is Cupid’s month and a time that brings out old fashioned romance. How romantic are you? Do you remember….

A stamp placed upside down on an envelope meaning, “I Love You”….

“S.W.A.K.” at the bottom of a note? (For those who don’t remember, it stood for ‘Sealed With A Kiss’)

Do you remember when winking at someone was flirting?

Do you remember silk pillows with fringe around them, with verses printed on them? My grandmother had one that said, “Sweetheart….I thought that you would like to know - that someone’s thoughts go where you go - That someone is richer, sweeter far - For such a sweetheart as you are.”

I thought about that pillow as I sat trying to remember the old Valentine verses we used to print on handmade Valentines.

For those of you making your on Valentine’s this year, if you’re having trouble composing verses of your own, here are some old verses you might like to use.

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Sugar is sweet,
And so are you.

If you love me
As I love you,
No knife can cut
Our love into.

Blue eyed beauty spot,
Brown eyed touch-me-not.

The moon won’t glow.
The sun won’t shine
If you won’t be
My Valentine.

If all these are too corny, just remember the simple three words, “I Love You,” have never failed yet.