Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Planning a heart attack February 10, 2015

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Birthday roses from my husband, Randy.

Roses from my husband, Randy. Minnesota Prairie Roots file photo.

WITH VALENTINE’S DAY only days away, I hope you’re thinking sweet surprises for those you love.

You can't go wrong with chocolate, like this box from my daughter Miranda on Mother's Day.

Chocolates from my daughter Miranda. Minnesota Prairie Roots file photo.

Flowers/chocolate/a fun evening out with my sweetie all work for me. Most of all, I just want a reminder of how much I am loved.

If you’re looking for a really fun, and non-traditional, way to share the love, consider Operation Heart Attack. Those of you who have followed me for awhile may remember this operation carried out by my husband and me on the evening of February 13, 2014.

A test run in my backyard as, obviously, I could not photograph the heart attack in progress.

A test run in my backyard as, obviously, I could not photograph the heart attack in progress. Minnesota Prairie Roots file photo, February 2014

We parked near the houses of two friends and, in the cover of darkness, planted paper hearts in their front yards. Yes, in the snow. Thirty-five hearts in each yard. Two hearts included the messages: “Happy Valentine’s Day!” and “You’ve been heart attacked!”

We purposely chose young families to heart attack, knowing their kids would love this special Valentine’s Day greeting. They did.

I think we got as much out of giving as they did receiving. Yes, our friends figured out that we had heart attacked them.

I’d encourage you to share the love this Valentine’s Day in this creative way. I guarantee, you will make someone surprisingly happy.

Click here to read details on this project.

Bonus: The families we heart attacked pulled the paper hearts from their yards and heart attacked two more families.

© Copyright 2015 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

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20 Responses to “Planning a heart attack”

  1. That is a sweet gift that kept on giving. What a great way to share a smile.

  2. I remember your past posts about this and it’s such a fun thing to do, especially to someone who think Valentine’s Day is only for lovers!

  3. Littlesundog Says:

    What a great idea!! Valentine’s Day is for EVERYone!! 🙂

  4. Jackie Says:

    I remember your post on this from last year, such a fun and clever idea. I would love to surprise the grands with this, I might just have to give it a go….. we’ll see if I can find the time to get it done 🙂 Thanks for the reminder of this fun Valentines activity!

  5. Love this COOL Idea 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing – Happy Day!

  6. hotlyspiced Says:

    I remember your planned heart attack from last year and thought it was such a wonderful idea. I hope it goes well this year xx

  7. Sue Ready Says:

    Yes this is a very fun,creative idea to build community spirit. Would be great if more neighborhoods/friends/family members would tag on to this idea. The idea of staking the hearts in the snow just adds to the drama of the night as it unfolds spreading the love viewed at daylight.


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