• Kozmo1211

    This is the most amazing heart warming story. Being a mom of a “teenager” I know the exact conversation that mother and son was having. Tyler is getting to the age also where girls are an important influence in his world. Thank you for sharing this, it really warmed my heart.

    Thank you for extending your friendship to me and I hope you have a wonderful year filled with love!!

    • You are most welcome and thank you for being there when I need some (actually a lot at times) encouragement. :-), susan

  • Hi Susan!
    We met a while ago when you visited the park 🙂 (I work with your hubby) 🙂 Rod was showing your picture around the office earlier today. I felt like I got the sneak peak to this story – I enjoyed it all! I feel like it’s always small gestures such as these that mean so much in a friendship.  thanks for sharing. –anabel

    • Anabel, What a nice surprise to see your comment. It is greatly appreciated. I am so glad you liked my illustrations and story. :), Susan

  • Nmcgrath

    Susan, What an amazing writer you are.. a woman of many talents I can see.   You painted such a beautiful picture and yes I can remember those  boxes with  hand made valentines.  Some times we need to just pause and reflect on the meaningful friendships we have, and take a little time to  appreciate what  is most important in life.  Love!  thanks for sharing.  I hope all is going well with you.  Nancy

    • Nancy – Thank you for both compliments. I couldn’t agree with you more. It is very easy to miss what we have and had by not taking a little time to reflect.
      :-), Susan

  • Dan Meyers

    It’s funny that it takes the innocence of childhood to remind us what love is really about!!  Great story.

    • No truer words. At times, it is good to look back to remind ourselves of the lesson we learned and their importance. 🙂

  • Charlotte

    Happy Valentine’s to you too! Good story, do not have any like this one since in France, we do not celebrate it in class or at work….I have two stories of Valentine’s: first is one of my first Valentine’s day as a couple but was far away from him at that time as I was doing kind of an intership in the US….and when I arrived at work, I was very much surprised, had candies on my desk, balloons all around, people kissing everybody and the day went like a day at work you would never have in a french company. It was truly warm and nice.
    Second memory of Valentine’s is the following: I was in Lille doing my Master and my future husband was in Paris for work as usual. On the evening as I sat down my bed to watch TV alone (just like everyday), the bell rang, there he was, standing at the door with a beautiful bouquet and waiting for me to let him in. I have thought that he was off the day after and made a surprise….(totally forgot this was Valentine’s day)! I cooked for him a very nice souper which he loved by the way. Then we discussed for a long time….when I suddenly told him that it was his mum’s saints day;-(((( ARgh!!!!! Okay, now I do remember every Valentine without trouble;-) ….terrible but we still laught at this when we talk about 14th!

    • We do like to celebrate every possible holiday in the US. That is a great story about your soon to be new husband and his mom’s birthday. :-), Susan

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  • Friendships between the genders can be awkward at any age. I’m glad this story worked out well for you, at least for the year you knew Jimmy.

    • I agree and thanks Leora. We do make things complicated at times, don’t we?… LOL. 🙂

  • Very cool story, Susan. I like the way you started with the present, brought in an important flashback from the past, and then brought us back to the present. You are becoming quite the writer! As always, you have shared a touching moment with us that makes us glad to be loved. I write this as I sit with young Jimmy (not so little anymore!) the cat on my lap, purring and softly caressing me with his paws. How I cherish the love of a pet. Somehow he knew I was feeling melancholy on World Cancer Day. (my FB post today explains that.) On with the day …

    • Hi Doreen, You are the best and thank you for your very kind word of encouragement. I do try. With that, sometimes I do better then others. I too love the warmth and affection of my not so small cat. I am sorry for your melancholy and I’m sending you some virtual hugs. 🙂

      • They worked, Susan! Your virtual hugs and the cat’s purring, plus a visit to my Toastmasters club have got me back in the positive zone. I’m here to stay! 🙂

        • I am so glad. I hate it when you are feeling down and out. I’m always a shout away my friend. 🙂

  • Cheryl Therrien

    What a lovely story! Thanks for sharing. You are so right. Certain friendships at just the right time can have a huge effect on us. 🙂

    • Indeed that is so Cheryl. Do you have a story you’d like to share? 😀

  • Susan — thanks again for another lovely story. My late husband would shower me with funny and loving notes throughout the year. He often made his own Valentine cards. Your post prompted me to look through the folder where I have kept all these precious cards, notes and ephemera. On the first anniversary of his passing (a little over four years ago) I wrote this post “Do People Write Love Letters Anymore?” Here is the link to that post http://bit.ly/Mry4lX. It’s a reminder that he was my love and best friend. Your post was a happy reminder to celebrate his memory on Valentine’s Day. Thank you.

    • Hi Jeannette, You post touched me and made me feel blessed that I have my husband still with me. I gave him a hug after I read it. I wish the best of Valentine’s Day and a big hug alone with that wish.

  • Jeri Walker-Bickett

    Some of my favorite childhood memories are of making Valentine’s day cards at school. I’ve been saving all of the cards my husband and I have exchanged over the years so I can eventually make a framed collage out of all of them.

    • Hi Jeri, I always love making those silly frilly card and so wish I still had a few. I would love to see some of yours. A las mine are gone. But I still have my memories, and for that I m grateful. :-).

  • Lovely story as always Susan. It made me remember when I was 5 a boy named Ross gave me a Valentine’s present, a brooch. The only problem – it was expensive and his mother’s which he had taken without her knowing. Needless to say my mother said I had to give it back. Still it is the thought that counts.

    • Hi Susan, What a cute story. I bet his mom was a bit perplexed at his choice of gift for you… LOL. The best part is the great memory you have of him and that time. 🙂

  • Valentines Day is not such a big deal here, Tim and I have never felt the need to do anything for the day we love each other and do not need a special day to tell each other.

    • Hi Jo-Anne, I get that, not everyone gets into that holiday for many reasons. in my mind you celebrate Valentine’s Day everyday with your guy. 🙂

  • Adrienne

    Gosh, those were the good old days Susan when we had innocent childhood crushes and paper Valentines made just for that someone special. I had a crush on a guy in school and his name was Greg. He use to write me love letters and I still have them to this day. We had a trampoline in our backyard and he would come over and jump and we had the best time.

    In high school though he was one of the popular kids although he always acknowledged me. He was never one of the stuck up kids but he was also out of my league. During college he was home and his Dad owned some corner stores and one of the guys didn’t show up for work so Greg volunteered to work. It was robbed that night and he was shot and killed so those love letters have remained with me all this time mainly because my heart broke that his life was taken before he had a chance to live it to his fullest.

    ~Adrienne

    • Hi Adrienne, I am sadden by your fined and his loos of life a such an early age. Life doesn’t seen far some times, does it. I wish you the best of Valentine’s Day and a huge hug my friend. 🙂

  • Debra Yearwood

    What a sweet story. I’m so glad it had a happy ending.

    I am sad to say that I completely forgot that Valentine’s Day was coming up. Apparently I’m not much of a romantic. 🙂 Thanks for the reminder. I wonder if my husband will remember.

    • At least I was able to remind you of Valentine’s Day in a fun way Debra. Let me know if your husband remembers. 😀

  • Jacqueline Gum

    Such a sweet story and so well written! I do remember making my box to take to school so I could collect my valentines! I loved making the box the most I think! And I do remember sorting through them so that my special friends got the prettiest of them. I guess that really is an early tribute to freindship

    • Aw, thank you Jacqueline. I think those boxes where a highlight for me too. I had forgotten about sorting the cards by friends, Ah, the memories of those times. Regardless of how and what we do, a friend is a precious thing, don’t you think?

  • Donna Janke

    Nice story. Brought back some of the feelings of childhood.

  • Niekka McDonald

    This is such a sweet story. Thank goodness you and Jimmy was able to clear up the confusion.

    • Hi Niekka, It was a sweet time, and yes It was so cool we were able to be such great friends for the time we had. 🙂

  • Jon Jefferson

    Valentines day and Sweetest day have never been big holidays around my house. Mind you my wife and I both have forgotten our anniversary in the past. We have always been the kind of people who celebrate special occasions at some point in the month they happen. But stuff like VD has never been a major thing for us.

    Mind you, I have actually been laid off from a job on Valentines day, at one point in the past. Add in to that, when I worked in professional kitchens, VD is one of the many really bad days in a year. Imagine the kitchens reaction to the restaurant filled with 2 tops. Each order that comes in is a filet cooked well (the girls order) and a pizza or something equally cheap (guys order). And of course ranch on the side.

    Lesson of the day: if you go into a restaurant and order the most expensive cut of meat well done, you have no business ordering that cut of meat.

    • In certain kinds of business these types of holidays can be a real test of our patience and endurance Jon. That said I can see why VD isn’t such a big deal for you or your wife. It just happens that our anniversary is just a few day after VD (an interesting story as to why). I was also a first grade teacher, all which contributes to VD being a bigger deal as a result. Nevertheless, I will still wish you a very happy Valentine’s Day.

  • Glynis Jolly

    Childhood memories of Valentine’s Day weren’t remarkable for me, even in high school. This isn’t to say that I didn’t have friends or boyfriends. It’s just that Valentine’s Days aren’t really part of those memories.

    • I hear you Glynis. I think VD was that way because my parents and teachers made such a big deal of it. I believe it was because it was winter with little else to do but find fun indoor activities. 🙂

  • StephB

    Your illustrations and videos create such a feeling of nostalgia, I hope that’s part of what you are going for because it’s expressly well done! I always feel like Valentine’s Day creates a tremendous amount of pressure for kids and adults alike. I wish that my teens would just relax and embrace the comfort of friendship during this time of year.

    • Aw, thank you Step. In a way, that is just what I’m going for. I agree with you about VD and kids today. It would be nice if we could just enjoy each other as friend and let all the other stuff go.

      So, what are you doing for VD. 🙂

  • Pat Ruppel

    Such a sweet story, Susan. Young love is so innocent then. I remember those days when we exchanged Valentines. It was fun and can sure be embarrassing. I don’t remember any specifics but do remember the awkward and shyness feeling like you wanted to disappear into the wall somewhere. Even though things have changed so much today, I still see that sweet innocent shyness in kids.

    • Hi Pat, It always makes me happy when you enjoy my story/stories. Those were the days, and yes the innocence with all the embarrassment and shyness that wen along with it. I miss it sometimes. Have a great week-end my friend. Hugs, 🙂

      • Pat Ruppel

        I’m glad to make you happy, Susan. The stories you write bring back a lot of memories. I think there’s still embarrassment and shyness in the kids today. I can see it in my grandsons. Kids will always be kids.
        Do you remember back in the day, the Art Linkletter show where he used to asked kids questions. Some of their answers were funny and to the point. Still much the same today in a lot of ways.

  • Thank you for sharing this post. I liked the part about how friendship is an expression of love. 🙂

    • Hi Jen, Thank you so much for stopping by. :-). We forget that sometimes, but is such an important component of any relationship, don’t you think?

  • Susan, I’m a first time reader, but definitely not the last time! I love your story and how it brought warm memories to you, it also warmed my heart in reading it as well. Thanks, Brandon.

    • Hi Brandon, That is so cool and a very nice compliment, thank you. Memories can do so many thing for us. The trick is to recall them in a fashion that tells us why they were important. Do you have a favorite VD memory?

      • Sure, just hanging around with my wife and three kids and enjoying each others time on VD.

        • That is the best kind of VD Brandon. Have a great time. 🙂

  • What a beautiful story Susan. Oh for those innocent days. Sigh. Thanks.

    • Aw thank you Patricia. I agree, they were fun times for sure. 🙂

  • Krystyna Lagowski

    Hey Susan, your post brought back memories of public school, and sweet little valentines that we used to exchange. My mother would make cookies for valentine’s day – she couldn’t find a heart-shaped cookie cutter, so she used one that was shaped like a spade, like on a deck of cards. That’s what I use now, too. : ))

    • Hi There Krystyna, I’m so glad I was able to do that for you. I love that story and how you now make spade cookies at Valentine’s Day. That must bring back some great memories for you. What kind of cookies do you make?

      • Krystyna Lagowski

        Susan, it’s a pretty simple old Polish recipe, called “Alberts.” Of course, I’ve never quite been able to get it exactly right. I don’t bake a lot, and rolling out dough is always challenging! But the general look, smell and taste is always there…

        • I’ll bet it’s really good Krystyna. Dough can be a bit tricky at times, depending on temperature and humidity. Still, I’ll bet no one turns it away. 🙂

  • Great Story, Susan 🙂

    I haven’t had much experience with Valentine’s day. It was celebrated in my native place..but, it was mostly celebrated by lovers. So, I was surprised (when I moved to states) to learn that kids celebrated this along with their parents (Or maybe not…maybe that was celebrated in my state, but I never knew…I never paid attention to any festivities. Just liked peace and quiet!).

    Anyways, thank you for sharing the wonderful story! I am glad you found a great friend in Jimmy (I can’t say the same about me….I don’t have that many friends, at least not offline. Online – well, online I have friends like you :D).

    • Hi Jeevan, It has always been meant for lovers or sweethearts but as it is with many things here is the US, it has expanded to include friendship. We do like to celebrate just about anything. 🙂

      Jimmy was a great friend for me in a new school. We shared many a good moments once I got passed the embarrassment of the note. 🙂

  • As the mother of 2 20-something sons, I was particularly touched by your description of what happened between the teenager and his mother in the store. Once they were teenagers, our sons didn’t discuss their “love” lives with us very much — except for the time our older son called me at midnight to tell me he wanted to break up with his girlfriend who he was supposed to visit that weekend. I told him NOT to do it by phone. He didn’t listen and called me again at 2:00 a.m. to tell me how badly it was going. Maybe I misremembered them not discussing their love lives. This same son also gave us the key to his apartment to get it ready while he took his now wife out to dinner the night he planned to propose. He was very specific, down to the rose pedals on the floor. Our younger son bought a bouquet of flowers and asked us to bring them to his fifth grade graduation for a girl he liked. I’m still trying to decide what to do this Valentine’s day. My husband usually personally makes a card for me which I find very touching because that’s the last thing you would think he would do.

    • Hi Suzanne, Aw, those are all great memories. I think as kids we all did that at some point in time, but when push comes to shove we will always come back to our parents for advice when we aren’t sure just what to do in a relationship.

      I love homemade cards still today. What are you doing for your husband? Do you make a card for him as well?

  • Oh boy, I remember those days… it’s funny because it really seems to depend on how the parents teach the kids about love. For me, love was a family thing, we didn’t really talk about “love” for friends… it sounds like Jimmy was taught to love openly!

    • Hi Dan, That is so true. My parents keep the love thing pretty private, thus my confusion and embarrassment. I think you may be right about Jimmy, because he had such a generous heart. What are you doing for Valentine’s Day?