As a woman who spends the better part of each day considering all things romance and love, Valentine’s Day has a special place in my heart.
I remember the first Valentine’s Day card that meant something to me. It was 1983 and my class was making cards for art. I was in love with Jason Lynn, all the 3rd grade girls were. He had floppy blond hair and big chocolate brown eyes. Everyone liked him, he was nice, athletic, and easy to look at.
I worked especially hard on his Valentine, cutting and pasting and drawing things I knew he liked, before writing ‘Love, Sasha’ on it with red marker. Everyone else’s read, ‘Happy Valentine’s Day – Sasha’. I hoped (and kind of didn’t) he’d notice the difference. When the class party began, we all rifled through the boxes we’d made.
I was on pins and needles. Would he read mine? Would he see the time I’d taken to make his special? More importantly, would he care?
I found his card to me. It was a plain red heart. “From: Jason Lynn” & “To: Sasha” A small purple heart was glued on. I stared at it – then glanced around the room looking at his other cards. All of his looked the same. All of them. I put on my brave face and suffered through the day.
As I was walking home, I started to sniffle. It was okay, I’d get over it. I had two teenage sisters, I knew a broken heart didn’t last long.
And then he was walking beside me, alone, and he told me I was an awesome artist and that he liked the GI Joe and Star Wars people I’d drawn on his card. I said thanks. And then he asked me if I liked his. I said, yeah sure, all smiley and normal.
Then he said something that made me all warm and jittery inside:
“I had to trade my Garbage Pail Kid stickers for the purple paper. Alice wouldn’t share, but I knew purple was your favorite color.”
Yea, you can kind of imagine how full my heart felt. I was all flushed and wobbly. And it was the most wonderful feeling ever.
I’ve had many wonderful, romantic Valentine’s Days since 1983 (and I have no idea what happened to Jason Lynn), but I’ll never forget that feeling.
My wish for you all this Valentine’s Day? That someone makes you all flushed and wobbly!
Sasha spends her days having passionate affairs, and traveling across the
globe - and time... With every page she writes. She has two books coming out in 2012, Medusa, A Love Story (fantasy romance) and Compass (contemporary romance). Visit her at: http://www.sashasummers.com Or at: http://www.crescentmoonpress.com And at: http://plottingprincesses.blogspot.com/