Sunday, 14 February 2010

My First Valentine



I found myself telling variants of this story on the comments to a few people's posts last year - so if you get a sense of deja vu reading this, you were probably one of those people! I can only apologise in advance.

The first Valentine's Day I remember was in my first year of school - shortly after my fifth birthday.

Not everyone at that age seemed to have grasped that Valentine's Day was about couples, and some of the children sent cards to everyone in the class. I'd somehow understood that the cards were supposed to be for secret crushes, and since I didn't get a crush on anyone until I was about fourteen, I didn't send any. (In fact, I've only sent one anonymous valentine in my life, but that's a story for another day.)

But although my understanding of the 'grown-up world' stretched as far as Valentine's Day, it didn't go quite as far as knowing about lesbians.

If I'd known that, I might have been a bit less stunned that my first valentine's card was from a girl. In fact I was just confused, because she definitely didn't send cards to the whole class.


Photo by philippe leroyer on Flickr (creative commons)



25 comments:

Chef E said...

Hmmm...my first school crush that I sent one too was Vernon S. and we are still friends, but he is gay...does that count :)

Interesting tale here...the pic threw me off...

corvedacosta said...

Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours

lakeviewer said...

Valentine is a very difficult holiday!

Stephanie V said...

Funny how you remember that first school crush, isn't it? It makes such an impression.
Getting - and giving - Valentines seemed much more important then.

Dedene said...

Have you ever wondered what might have happened had you accepted her wish?
Cute story! Hope you've had a good 14th with someone you love.

Jeanne said...

Not just hot, but universally hot!

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said...

Cute story! I love remembering stuff from grade school and JR High Days. I think Valentine's Day was way more stressful back then, but maybe that is just cause I am married!

phd in yogurtry said...

While I saw Valentine's Day as an opportunity to let your secret crush know, I also saw sending out cards en masse as a way of hiding the fact, in case the feelings weren't reciprocated.

gaelikaa said...

Hi Rachel, nice to see you over on SITS. I was planning to drop over in any case.

Valentine's Day? No meaning where I am now. I used to love sending anonymous cards to people I didn't fancy at all and see them wondering who could have sent it...

The Dotterel said...

That's very naughty gaelikaa (above)... but also very funny!

Elisabeth said...

What's that song again? 'I kissed a girl...'

Anything Fits a Naked Man said...

Yes, I was very confused by the whole "who to give Valentines too" thing, too!

I remember a boy who liked me in grade school who stole a brooch from his sister's jewelry box and gave it to me! I had no idea how to react, but I didn't have it long once his sister saw me wearing it!!

Ah, memories! Thanks for the smile! Have a great week!

rockinloubylou said...

Sweet story. I look forward to hearing about the anonymous one you sent too!

Denise said...

I love this story! Can’t wait to read more! Happy Valentine’s Day! Stopping by from SITS to say Hi to mt SITSer!

Chris said...

Awww. A little girl had a crush on you. I think I crushed on girls when I was in the first grade -- not in a sexual way, but in an admiring way. Hope you had a nice Valentine's Day!

moretolifethanlettuce said...

i love hearing everyone's random valentine's day stories. and yes, chinese new year and vietnamese new year are celebrated at the same time! they're pretty similar too :)

Vanillastrawberryspringfields said...

Delicious days are here sweety-have got 3 awards lined for u my sweet happy pal,do stop by and pic 'em up coz they are topped with loads of love,yeah valemtines=love@365......

Hope u love 'em as muc as i do!!!!!

Sara said...

Well, look at you! You transcended traditional gender roles from such a young age.

Years ahead of your time, weren't you?

Lora said...

Awww, sweet! I never quite knew how to do valentines either. Still don't ;)

Visiting you from SITS--have a wonderful day!

JoeyRes said...

We always had to send Valentine's to the whole class.

At age 5, little girls usually like other little girls better than little boys. My daughter has received many adorable little love notes from her girl friends.

Valentine Devlieghere said...

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x Valentine

Toni said...

Wow lol. What an introduction to Valentine's Day! :)

http://ALittleAdrift.com said...

Wow, pretty much love this post! What a sweet Valentines Day story, I dont have any such stories, I was one of those who gave cards to everyone back then! :-)

Kimberly said...

Hope you had a great Valentines Day.

I remember passing out all those cards.

My kids don't seem to care about giving them out at all. I am not really sure what to make of it. I think they may be the few children that don't pass out Valentines.

Aidan Donnelley Rowley said...

What an introduction to this holiday, to this heralded cultural confection!

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