Today is Valentine’s Day. I’m a fan of the PBS series ‘As Time Goes By.’ The lyrics to You must remember this remind me to remember the happy moments in life. Never fails.
If you are a certain age you must remember this: Receiving a billet-doux, with the initials s.w.a.l.k. on the envelope’s flap. If you are a male on the receiving end, there might be a whiff of perfume. Youngsters - a billet-doux is a love letter. The initials mean ‘sealed with a loving kiss.’
The card’s inside verses always delightful. A dreamy young woman or man -hearts surrounding them. The message: It’s a lonesome old town when you’re not around. Simple. Loving. Sincere. Not suggestive. Not smarmy. The illustration and words bring a smile of agreement. Confession: I still have some of those cards, dated in the 50’s. They still bring a smile.
Our sons said I was too wrapped up in reality. True. Then I shared my ‘old’ cards with them. Their image changed to romantic realist. Heart leads, head confirms, shoulders take on the challenge, hands go to work. Their interpretation - they go to work.
There’s mystery behind the origin of Valentine’s Day. Who cares? It is a day devoted to love. Bring out the old cards. Freshen the good and fun memories. Share the moments. Enjoy Valentine’s Day. No matter its origin – it is meant to be a day for giving and receiving love.
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