Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Planning a Valentine’s Day heart attack February 12, 2016

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WHAT ARE YOU EXPECTING for Valentine’s Day?

Birthday roses from my husband, Randy.

Minnesota Prairie Roots file photo.

Roses?

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

You can’t go wrong with a box of chocolates. Minnesota Prairie Roots file photo.

Chocolates?

Some creative mind (not mine) came up with the "You've been heart attacked" idea.

Some creative mind (not mine) came up with the “You’ve been heart attacked” idea. Minnesota Prairie Roots file photo.

How about a heart attack? No, not the medical emergency that threatens your life. But rather a staged attack that plants paper hearts in your yard.

Image three times-plus this number of hearts placed in our friends' yards.

Imagine three times-plus this number of hearts placed in our friends’ yards. Minnesota Prairie Roots file photo.

Two years ago, my husband and I crept into the front yards of two friends on the evening of February 13. There we stuck colorful paper hearts into snowbanks with the message, Happy Valentine’s Day! You’ve been heart attacked! Then we fled into the darkness of a cold Minnesota night, hoping to elude barking dogs and porch lights. We succeeded.

The two young families awoke the next morning to find dozens of hearts scattered across the snow. It didn’t take them long to determine who’d done this. And then, because they have such giving hearts, these families plucked up the hearts and heart attacked two more families.

My husband and I got as much joy out of giving this Valentine’s Day gift to families we treasure as they did out of receiving.

Piling up the hearts in anticipation of Operation Heart Attack.

Piling up the hearts in anticipation of Operation Heart Attack. Minnesota Prairie Roots file photo.

There’s still time to plan a heart attack. Click here for details.

If you carry out a heart attack, please report back here in the comments section. I’d love to hear about your experience.

© Copyright 2016 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

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17 Responses to “Planning a Valentine’s Day heart attack”

  1. Love, love this idea 🙂 We went to see Andrea Bocelli last night – AMAZING!!! We are loving the Arts scene here – Lion King a few weeks ago and then finally saw Bocelli live. I watch his concerts on TV usually. I have Wicked and Maroon 5 on my list next. Kinky Boots is a close runner up – just here for a week back in December – need to stay longer next time when in town.

    Happy Valentine’s Day – Happy Weekend – Enjoy 🙂 (((((((Hugs&Loves)))))

  2. Beth Ann Says:

    I remember this idea from before and it really is a great one. As for my plans—going home to see my husband for 12 hours before he leaves again. 🙂

  3. Almost Iowa Says:

    What a wonderful idea!

  4. treadlemusic Says:

    Love the idea!!!!!! I wonder if one could do it with flamingos with hearts in their beaks!!!! LOL!!!!!!

  5. Littlesundog Says:

    I remember you writing about this before and what a FANTASTIC idea!! Thanks for posting about this again! 🙂

  6. Sue Ready Says:

    Great posting of a creative idea to break up winter with pops of color and valentine sentiments. Hope you had a nice Valentine’s Day.


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