“Roses are Red, Violets are Blue…”

The well-known poem learned as a little child. It was frequently quoted by my mother.

I have fond memories of Valentine’s Day. My father would give each of the four children a heart shaped box filled with little candies. I have cherished Valentine’s cards signed by my late father and mother in a keepsake container. One year, my father gave me a beautiful necklace purchased from our local pharmacy. The necklace was made of different pastel textures. This precious gift from my junior high school days is kept in the safety deposit box. I do not think it would fit me on this very day, but the necklace was often worn.

Now as a mother my husband and I would give our children candy of their choice. When our oldest son was in primary school, the class was required to bring a box from home to collect the cards exchange. My husband and son created a wooden box with heart carvings. A wide slit was cut into the lid to allow placement of miniature boxed Valentine’s cards. The box was utilized by the other three children. Stickers, drawings and painting were added since its first use. The whereabouts of this Valentine’s box is unknown. But- this wooden box served many purposes with each child.

My family does not celebrate this identified holiday in a lavish manner. We may exchange cards and candies with an added special treat to a meal. My children think of this day as a reminder of being single, which I think it is okay to be single on this particular day.

Ending this post with Bible verses that reflect God’s love for us.

John 15:12: My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.

Corinthians 16:14: Do everything in love.

1 Peter 4:8: Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

Ephesians 4:2: Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

John 3:16: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son…


May you find comfort in these verses as I have. Love comes in many forms not just materialism on Valentine’s Day. “Love” is an emotion that should be felt and humbly displayed daily.

Blessings, Jan

Published by jnstover

I am a new retiree due to health issues. I am a former educator who in return was a student to the many personalities in my classroom. I am a wife, mother, and grandmother. I am building one stick at a time in my life as I adjust/accept my current season of being a homemaker.

3 thoughts on ““Roses are Red, Violets are Blue…”

  1. This is a most beautiful Valentine’s day post. Love the Bible quotes. This year, we are making a steak dinner at home. I also sent my daughter a box filled with fun things from the Dollar Tree.


      1. Dan cooks the steak in the oven. We will have a side salad. Then we will make something in the air fryer like french fries, onion rings or crab rangoon. We don’t make those from hand – just buy frozen. It will be simple. We have some camping trips coming up later in the year, so we don’t want to spend money on a fancy dinner out. We do exchange cards. I hope you have a very nice Valentine’s day.


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