2 Sweet 2 Be 4 Gotten

Remember these cheesy valentines? I'm sure they wouldn't pass the scrutiny of the appropriate behaviour police these days. As I recall, though,  any romantic innuendo was over our Grade 2 heads. The highlight of the classroom Valentine exchange was to arrange our desks in the shape of a heart and eat pink frosted cupcakes and cinnamon hearts. If you haven't already seen it, Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom harkens back to those innocent times, and would make a nice Valentine's Day movie treat.

And for those of you who aren't in the market for romance, February 14 is also the feast day of Saint Trifon the Pruner, patron saint of vineyards and winemakers. Here at Elderberry Farm the pruning of the grapevines has already begun.


  1. Valentine is not that big of a deal here and we certainly didn't move furniture in our classrooms....I prefer the idea of the practical pruner saint.

  2. Anonymous1:07 PM

    Marcel at Garry Oaks vineyards shares his birthday with St Trifon, last wed we stood in the vineyard and blessed the vines, then I made a Bulgarian inspired dinner since said saint is(was) Bulgarian

  3. i love these vintage valentines. i remember how excited i was decorating my valentine bag, hanging it on the chalkboard holder under the blackboard, hoping i'd get a valentine from everybody in the room . . . maybe special coded valentines from special people. didn't know about saint trifon. i'm celebrating a big birthday tomorrow. seems appropriate to be celebrating this milestone birthday on the feast of the pruner.

  4. onesmallstitch9:44 AM

    I remember books of Valentine cards we had to cut out and sometimes colour. Had to cut out and assemble the envelopes, too - with way too much glue and we were so-o proud of our early creative attempts.

  5. Oh yes I remember those. I love the needle work references in many of them.

    Moonrise Kingdom is an amazing movie and very romantic.


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