Let Me Call You Sweetheart

By Tammy Trail

Valentine’s Day is just days away. Have you gotten your sweetheart a gift yet? I have done a bit of research on the history of Valentine’s Day. It is rooted in a pagan holiday that ensured fertility.

Roman Emperor, Claudius II ruled that young men in the Army were to remain unmarried. He felt that this would make single men more aggressive in the field of battle. The Emperor put a young cleric by the name of Valentine to death for secretly marrying young couples.  Valentine was later made a Saint by Pope Gelasius and given the date of February 14th to celebrate Saint Valentine.

In the 13th Century, it was synonymous with love and romance because it was believed that this was the beginning of mating season for birds.

In the 15th Century, written valentines were given to sweethearts.

In the 17th Century, valentines were exchanged between those who were smitten with one another.

In 1840, the first mass-produced valentines appeared in the United States. Valentine’s Day is the second most popular card giving occasion. It is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, France, Australia, Denmark, Italy, and Japan.

As a child, I remember my mother scouring the house for shoe boxes to be made into valentine mail boxes to decorate for my desk at school. There would be a party, of course, with lots of good treats. After school, you would open your box and read the paper gifts of admiration your classmates gave to you.

I have tried in years past to make my own valentines to give to family members and friends. Last year I made these for my grandsons.

I filled the little sack with treats. They really enjoyed getting a valentine from their Mimi!

I am already diligently looking for options for this year. You may find it just as rewarding to make your own as well. I find a great source of inspiration with Pinterest. What a treasure trove of ideas!

Whether you make your own, or buy a card for that special someone, I believe it’s a good holiday to celebrate. Who doesn’t like candy? And you will make mate, child, or friend feel important with a valentine that you especially picked out for them. You can never go wrong by making people feel loved and important.

For the writer, especially the romance writer, Valentine’s Day is a reminder of why we put words to paper. That boy meets girl stuff is what makes the story, especially when they lived happily ever after.

So, in keeping with that thought! Here is my valentine for all of you.

  1. Writing Prompt: Jessica expected a great big box of heart-shaped candy.  What she found was……..?

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2 thoughts on “Let Me Call You Sweetheart

  1. What a “sweet” history lesson, Tammy! 🙂 I’m sure the grandbabies love Mimi’s Valentine’s treats! My oldest daughter will be married in November, so being a grandma may not be too far in my future and I know it’s going to be THE best things ever (although I hope it’s at least a couple years away for the newly weds). I shared my favorite Valentine’s story on my mom blog last week. I’m a high school English teacher, and several years ago on Valentine’s Day my students asked if my husband sent me flowers. I told them his tightwad excuse: Flowers aren’t a good symbol of his love because they die. Seconds (maybe two!) after I said that, Hubby walked in with a tin heart filled with homemade fudge. I told him I’d just explained why he doesn’t send flowers. He quickly announced, “That’s why I bought her fudge. It will stay on her hips forever.” (It’s okay to laugh. I cracked up! — Plus, he was right!)

  2. Hi Karen! So glad you took time to comment. Love your Valentine story!! I did get a chuckle out of it. Hope you have a sweet Valetine’s Day!!

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