7 Childhood Valentine's Day Memories

7 Childhood Valentine's Day Memories

Candy, crafts, and creativity.

As kids, we all had certain things we did on Valentine's Day. Whether at school or at home, we enjoyed the activities and traditions celebrated each year.

Below are just a few of the Valentines Day memories that come to mind:

1. The Heart Shaped Candy

Receiving this candy from family or friends was the easiest way to put a smile on our faces. Showing our crush a purple candy that read "Be Mine" was the bravest, scariest, and proudest moment of third-grade.

Heck, we still love receiving this candy now.

2. The Only Valentine You Actually Needed Was Your Parents

In art classes, we always made crafts for our parents. In these crafts, we would explain why we love them so much. Who needed a boy/girl, right? Right. Our parents were the best Valentine's and always gave the best treats.

3. Wearing Pink (Or Red) Clothing

I don't know about you guys, but I always made a point to wear pink or red on Valentine's Day. It just seemed like the right thing to do for the special day.

4. Filling Out Valentines For Classmates and Friends

Every year, getting to fill out special Valentine's Day cards was really exciting. Everyone received a card. Everyone was given the opportunity to create a "mailbox," or an artsy box, to collect all of their Valentines in!

I always liked doing this because every student felt happy and loved.

5. Parents Kissing

As a kid, I always thought, "EWWWW."

Now, I think it's pretty darn cute.

6. Cutting Out Millions Of Hearts

When we were in elementary school particularly, the teacher would say, "Fold your paper hamburger style, draw a half heart along the crease, cut along the line, open it, and ta-da! It's a heart!"

These heart cut-outs were used to make crafts for parents, create bulletin boards in hallways or classrooms, and were perfect for displaying refrigerator-worthy art pieces.

It was a blast.

7. The Chocolate

As a kid, there was nothing better than receiving a box bigger than my head full of chocolate.

Happy Valentine's Day!

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To The Parent Who Chose Addiction

Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.


When I was younger I resented you, I hated every ounce of you, and I used to question why God would give me a parent like you. Not now. Now I see the beauty and the blessings behind having an addict for a parent. If you're reading this, it isn't meant to hurt you, but rather to thank you.

Thank you for choosing your addiction over me.

Throughout my life, you have always chosen the addiction over my programs, my swim meets or even a simple movie night. You joke about it now or act as if I never questioned if you would wake up the next morning from your pill and alcohol-induced sleep, but I thank you for this. I thank you because I gained a relationship with God. The amount of time I spent praying for you strengthened our relationship in ways I could never explain.

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.

Thank you for showing me how to love.

From your absence, I have learned how to love unconditionally. I want you to know that even though you weren't here, I love you most of all. No matter the amount of heartbreak, tears, and pain I've felt, you will always be my greatest love.

Thank you for making me strong.

Thank you for leaving and for showing me how to be independent. From you, I have learned that I do not need anyone else to prove to me that I am worthy of being loved. From you, I have learned that life is always hard, but you shouldn't give into the things that make you feel good for a short while, but should search for the real happiness in life.

Most of all, thank you for showing me how to turn my hurt into motivation.

I have learned that the cycle of addiction is not something that will continue into my life. You have hurt me more than anyone, but through that hurt, I have pushed myself to become the best version of myself.

Thank you for choosing the addiction over me because you've made me stronger, wiser, and loving than I ever could've been before.

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