Friday, February 12, 2010

Friday Flashback: Heart-Shaped Boxes of Chocolatey Goodness

(This isn't a Valentine's Day picture... its an old Father/Daughter
dance picture (of me and my Grampa) from my high school days.
Just letting you know...)

I am of the philosophy that Valentine's Day is over-rated, and the lovey-dovey, sentimental person in me doesn't really feel like celebrating an overly commercialized day of love.

Yeah, I'm one of those people. A bah-humbug type, who ruins the fun for everyone.

Just kidding, I don't really ruin anyone's fun... at least I don't think I do... but truth be told, I'm not really into Valentine's Day. At all. Plus, my birthday is the day before Valentine's Day, and I'd rather just celebrate ME, rather than love. Yeah, I'm one of those self-absorbed-when-its-by-birthday types, too. Like a dodecahedron, I have many sides...

But I digress, because this post isn't about me... its about Valentine's Day, and so, for me, its about my Grampa.

If you can imagine (based on previous Flashback Friday posts, in which I shared that I was a complete and total dork during my school days) I didn't get a lot of valentines as a kid. At least not besides the punch-out-and-sign-your-name cards that we were required to give to our entire class from 1st through 6th grade. But every year without fail, I got a heart-shaped box of chocolates and a card from my Grampa.

He is the best valentine ever. I love chocolates. And I always looked forward to the tradition he started - him giving me chocolates, and me eating those chocolates. That's a pretty awesome tradition, if you ask me.

I don't live in the same city as my Grampa anymore, as we moved a year and a half ago, but I know absolutely, that if we did live near him, I'd be getting that heart shaped box, filled with chocolatey goodness, just like always. And not only that, but my girls would get their own mini heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, too.

Valentine's Day just isn't Valentine's Day without my Grampa!


Have a flashback of your own to share? Head on over to Tia's blog and join in!



Alyssa S. said...

OMG, that is the sweetest picture ever. I do admit...for about 2 seconds I thought "wow, that dude with Marisa is a little old" :)

I wish I had a cool pic like that...sigh. I'm glad you have one for your memory book!

Unknown said...

Aw . . . so sweet!

I'm not much into Valentine's Day either, considering my husband and I celebrate our wedding anniversary on the 5th. But I always get a little something for the kids.

This Little Bird said...

super duper sweet post and picture. I love that your grandpa was so sweet to you. Both my grandpa's always lived far away so I never got to have bond like that with them. Your a lucky girl.

April said...

Awwww, that is so sweet! I love that VDay for you is a grandpa reminder!

Jonathon Arntson said...

Oh man. :..)

I cannot get over your art.

Devon said...

what a sweet memory! you should let him know how much it meant to you!

Erica said...

That is so sweet! when I was yonger my mother always got us a box of chocolates :) I do love valentines day though.

Rosebud Collection said...

What a sweet picture..My husband, buys all the girl/granddaughters their hearts too..then he asks each one to be his Valentine..sweet. I always tell him not to worry about me, I don't need it.
Haven't been around, but think of you often, especially when I look at your beautiful work, I have framed..
Have a great week..

hoffee and a nuffin said...

I'm with you... they can keep their commercial holidays. It's the best that your grandfather created this fantastic memory for you. That is what's most important and this is how we celebrate life. Lovely story!

hoffee and a nuffin said...


Melanie @ Whimsical Creations said...


BTW...happy birthday! Hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow.

Cathy said...

awww that's a sweet memory...hope he gets to read about it :)

Tia Colleen said...

Wow, thats one heck of a picture.

I've always found posed pictures like that to be so so awkward. Just looking at them, is awkward for me.

And now, I want chocolate.

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