VINTAGE VALENTINES. They can be cheesy, unconventional, interesting, stereotypical of an era. But I still like them. There’s just something about the feel of the heavy paper, the art, the words, the messages that endear me to these pieces of yesteryear.
A few years back, when my siblings and I were cleaning out my mom’s house in anticipation of her move into assisted living, I sorted through a box of cards Mom saved. The sister grabbed the collection first, so I got the left-overs. No fancy tissue pop-up valentines remaining for me. Still, I found cards that delighted me, that I pull out each February to display.
The older I get, the more treasured are memories and bits of the past. These valentines are more than pretty cards exchanged between friends and family many decades ago. These valentines represent moments in time when everyone paused for a single day to celebrate each other.
We need more days like that, when we think beyond our selfish selves and consider others. We need to remember how our words and actions affect others. Understanding, compassion and care connect and heal. Shutting others out via words and actions hurts, damages, even destroys, relationships. We need to expand our vision beyond tunnel vision to see the wider picture. It is often in our closest relationships that we fail, that we hurt, and are hurt, most deeply.
But we each hold the capacity to love, to make the right choices, to embrace each other. To do the right thing. Those are my thoughts on this Valentine’s Day 2019.
TELL ME: What are your thoughts?
© Copyright 2019 Audrey Kletscher Helbling
Well Said My Friend 🙂 Happy Valentine’s Day – Enjoy!
Thank you and Happy Valentine’s Day to you also, my friend.
Happy Valentine’s Day Audrey.
Thank you, Judy. The same to you.
I agree, well said.
I love the photo of the vintage valentines!
Thank you, Valerie. I know you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day with the grandkids. 🙂
Those are some good thoughts. I love those vintage cards, it’s so cool that you have those!
Thank you, my friend. Yes, it’s nice to have some of my mom’s cards. I have others, too– birthday, Christmas, sympathy (when her mom died at a young age)…
I enjoyed reading your blog for Warner. Congrats on job a good fit for you and I sent a link to the article to Bryan
Thank you. And thank you for forwarding this to Bryan.