Local stores, such as this one, had lots of Valentine candies and gift from which to choose. (Linda Moody photo)

Life’s Reflections: Happy Valentine’s Day

Why was Valentine’s Day so much more special when we were younger? Because we were innocent children who didn’t know what love really was or what the observance was even about?

I remember decorating boxes to hold the Valentines that we would be exchanging at school, and bringing what we received home and looking them over and over and maybe trying to put some more meaning into them than what was intended.

I read the words on the ones I was giving out so I didn’t give someone the wrong idea. However, I’m sure I saved the good ones for the ones I admired more than others.

Nonetheless, it’s a memory now.

I remember Mom getting us some of those conversation heart candies to share with our classmates and probably our teachers.

Some of those candies supposedly said “be mine,” “sweet talk,” “marry me,” “say yes,” “got luv?” “be true,” “first kiss,” “puppy love,” “all mine,” “hug me,” “hold hands,” “me and you,” “adore me,” “care 4 u,” “love you,” and “forever.” And, I’m sure some of the packaged valentines cards carried the same type of messages.

How naive we were!

I’m pretty sure my Valentine’s Day boxes over the years were not impressive. However, if Mom would have decorated them, they would have been.
Then, you get older and things change.

Some sweethearts exchange chocolate or other candies, flowers and gifts, now while the hopelessly romantic couples, I’m sure, are more impressive, with their hand-written notes expressing their feelings to one another and more expensive, extravagant gifts.

I received my Valentine’s Day card from son Jamie about two weeks ago. He gave it to me after he came out of the store and got in the car. It was unsigned. I’m wondering if he had an ulterior motive. It seemed suspicious to me anyway.

My gift to him will be to take him and a family friend out to eat later on today. That’s all we need!

There are actually three couples that I know of who are on my list for having Feb. 14 anniversaries. They are: Butch and Elaine Amspaugh, who have been married 63 years; Dennis and Nina Barga, 46 years; and Brad and Cindy Horsley, 18 years. Congratulations!

I’ll bet their weddings and receptions were beautiful with color because of the date they chose to tie the knot.

Those who were born on Feb. 14 that I know of are Michele Good, Joshua Harmon and Butch Amspaugh (a double celebration for him) and the late Sherry Ungericht Prasuhn.

And, the Swabb twins, Brian and Blain (also known as Spittin’ Image) just missed being Valentine babies. They were born the day before. Happy belated birthday to them as I missed them in last week’s column.

My wish to you readers, no matter what your love life is like, have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Jamie and I extend our condolences to the families of Eleanor Rose Grillot, Diane Huffman, Shala Partin, Julie Morton, Ed Turner, Dave Black, Alvin Spraley, and Karilyn Hittle.
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Please pray for these people: Randy Heck, Danny Foster, Jayden Martin, Jeff Rider, Ralph Byrd, Stefani Priest, Steve Neff, Michelle Leugers Enicks, Roxanne Barnes, Joann Freeman, Cathy Collins Peters, Donna Bixler, Vanna Hannam, Debbie Labig, Kevin Wampler, Brenda Wallace, Linda Subler, Michelle Young, Roger McEowen, Jerri Barber, Sally Burnett Ganger, Rick Alexander, Jeff Zumbrun, Gary Cain, Shelley Brinley, Stacy Cline, Ron Mills, Cheryl Gilmore, June Moody, Larry Vititoe, D’Arleen Waymire, Joe Arnett, Tony Liette, Jennifer Peck, Matt Hiestand, Kathy Swabb, Gloria Hodge, Jeff Baltes, Cory Meadows, D’Arleen Waymire, Judy Hoffman and daughter Shelly, Albert Duncan, Cathy Melling, Scott Clark, and all of those who are suffering from other life-altering illnesses, including Covid and other variants associated with the Pandemic.
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Happy birthday to:
Feb. 15 to Tina Brooks, Jessi Auske, Jennifer Sturgill, Quenton Riffell and Michael Amspaugh.
Feb. 16 to Shirley Lutz, Douglas Riffle, Sandra Ashby, Kent Stump, Lori Smith Riegle, Jerry Duncan, Chad Young, Jack Edwards and Gary Garrison.
Feb. 17 to Kim Knick, Mike Gessler, Karen Gessler, Beth DeLong, Paul “Jamie” Gray, Bob Campbell, Joan Trittschuh, Connie Schuette, Diane Billenstein, Sarona Verneman, Donna Peters Arnett, Cindy Rismiller, Darrell Fox and Stacie Sharp.
Feb. 18 to Jodi Leeper Reichert, Sterling Gregory, Steve Garman, Courtney Riegle, Tammy Leugers, Wayne Bowman and Chris Heitkamp.
Feb. 19 to Caleb Allread, Angie Minnich, Chris Thornhill, Marvin Pierron, Larry Singer, Danny Monnin, Shawn Peters and Jarvis Thwaits.
Feb. 20 to Melissa Anderson, Shanna Brewer-Hines, Tim Dickey, Charlene Sanders Hartzell, Dan Lenker, Bev Garrison, Larry Hall and Brooke Muhlenkamp.
Feb. 21 to Anson Phillips, Gary Moody, Kim Garber-Bloom, Joe Floyd, Jeremy Rammel, Maegan Rismiller, John Newbauer II, Randy Fourman and Jim Owens.
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Happy anniversary to: John and Ruth Peters on Feb. 15; Alan and Shirley Phillippi on Feb. 16; Larry and Julie Hall on Feb. 18; and Terry and Marge Young and Gary and Denise Heitkamp, all on Feb. 20.
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Think about it: “Friendship isn’t a big thing; it’s a million little things.”–Author Unknown
Think about it (in jest): “I don’t understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine’s Day. When I think of romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon!” — Author Unknown. (My apologies if I offended anyone with this, but felt I had to share)

This is what Valentine's Day is all about....love and sharing it. (Linda Moody photo)
Darke County Now Staff - Linda Moody - Staff Writer

Linda Moody / Staff Writer

I am a Darke County native living in the Ansonia area with my son. I have been in journalism 50+ years and enjoy what I do.

Contact Darke County Now Media Correspondent Linda Moody @ lmoody@darkecountynow.com or 937-337-1955.

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