WHEN IS THE LAST TIME you received a handcrafted valentine?
Mine arrived this week via 13-year-old Hannah’s dad handing her homemade valentine to my husband at a church meeting. Randy in turn delivered a yellow construction paper envelope to me.
What a sweet surprise to receive a valentine greeting from this creative teen.
Hannah, the daughter of dear friends, and I share a special connection. We are creative types. Specifically, we write poetry, the reason Hannah addressed the envelope to “My Poet Pal.” Ah. Melted my heart right then and there.
Several years ago I began mentoring Hannah in poetry. She loves words and rhythm as much as I do. And, like me, she had a poem selected last spring for inclusion in the Mankato Poetry Walk and Ride. You can read all about that by clicking here.
When I lifted the flap on the yellow envelope where Hannah had glittered my name in silver, I was not surprised to find she had penned a valentine poem:
But wait, there’s more. My valentine is green, not red. Hannah knows that green is my favorite color.
If you’ve ever mentored a young person, you know that this nurturing and encouraging and caring blesses you as much as the recipient. To connect, to share a passion—whether in poetry, gardening, crafting, photography—is a gift. A gift.
This Valentine’s Day, I received more than a handcrafted valentine from Hannah. I received a heart full of love.
IF YOU’VE MENTORED a young person, I’d like to hear about it. Or if you’ve received a handcrafted valentine, I’d like to hear about that, too.
Happy Valentine’s Day, my friends!
© Copyright 2015 Audrey Kletscher Helbling
Poem is copyrighted by Hannah.