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Happy Valentines Day?: An old time Valentine
Posted by Trent, Feb 12, 2008. 2860 views. ID = 585

Happy Valentines Day?

Posted by Trent, Feb 12, 2008. 2860 views. ID = 585
This post was written in 15 minutes.
Based on my home area of Hatfield Point, New Brunswick. Some of the names are real but any similarity to persons living or otherwise is completely, utterly, and unconsciously coincidental.
This post has been awarded 24 stars by 7 readers.

Would you come with me please?

No, I'm not the "ghost of Valentine past", I'm just an interested observer of humankind. Please, walk with me awhile.

Here is the country road that we will follow. Don't worry, it's not far. Besides, this is the road the children walk everyday to school. If you'll look over there you will see the fishing hole. Howard and Willie are quite fond of playing hooky in that area. Not today though, it is far too cold and the ice too thick for fish.

On the left is the community Church and as you turn the corner, yes there it is, the one-room schoolhouse. Most of the children are there today. The time for chores will come but winter brings a lull around the farms.

Please, step right up. Keep in mind that the left hand door is for the young ladies and the one on the right is exclusively for the gentleman.

Opening the door you see the classroom. Miss Ennis stands at the front. Normally stern, she has a smile on her face today. Each student has busied himself with the day's last task.

What's that? You wonder what their making? Why, can't you tell from the drawings? Look there's Marianne over drawing a heart on the front of that paper. Behind her is Ellie, don't you think the cherub she is drawing is extra special?

Now, as usual, the boys don't look nearly as excited. Eye them a little closer though. Walter back in the corner is having quite a time of it. He wants to say just the right thing. I think he is trying to remember how to spell "secret". Susie is quite anxious to see what he's writing too.

Little Jimmie is one of the only boys with a colored pencil. His grandfather still makes trips to the States and he brought him back a set. He certainly could make better use of them though. Billy has a "candy apple" red spot on his hind end.

Miss Ennis has just given the last call. It's time to put pencils down. The next step I suppose will be to pass them around. Yes, I was right. Look at those girls blush when the boys bring their cards around. Dorothy isn't blushing though. The red on her cheeks has more to do with the "secret admirer" card she finds on her desk.

Has anyone seen Susie?

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Feb 13, 2008
Ah! The historian strikes again! :)
   ~Posted by Douglas, Feb 13, 2008

Feb 13, 2008
This piece went in a totally different direction than I had intended. But it is what it is.
   ~Posted by Trent, Feb 13, 2008

Feb 13, 2008
Yep, the dreaded historian.
   ~Posted by Mathax, Feb 13, 2008

Feb 13, 2008
Okay, so Suzie ran off crying because Walter's card wasn't for her after all?
   ~Posted by Janee, Feb 13, 2008

Feb 13, 2008
Pretty much.

It's the best I could come up with in 15 + a little minutes.
   ~Posted by Trent, Feb 13, 2008

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