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As a child growing up in Oak Ridge, Tenn., Valentine’s Day was very special and an exciting day at my elementary school. During class, rather than studying math or having reading and spelling exercises to determine how much you had retained from previous studies, the teacher gave each student a bag of candy and trinkets.

Each year my mother bought a box of cards for us to give to our friends. From that box, I would choose a card to give to my favorite girl at school. The card simply read “be my valentine,” however these three words had so much meaning to the receiver. By the time I was in high school, my mother was no longer buying my Valentine’s cards. It was my responsibility to save money to buy a card or gift for a special lady in hopes of winning her heart. This was a very serious undertaking!

Those days are of course long gone and I’ve been married for 43 wonderful years and we’ve raised two beautiful daughters. But around Valentine’s Day, I’m still left to wonder “what do I give the favorite ladies in my life?” Here are a few pointers for all of us:

  • When giving a Valentine’s card, make certain that it reflects your feelings.
  • It isn’t the cost of the gift that matters the most, but rather the meaning behind it.
  • Giving roses is always a great gesture to the one you love.
  • Taking that special person out to a new restaurant or their favorite place can win you points.
  • A box of chocolates and a kiss can never be wrong!
  • If your budget allows it, a new piece of jewelry is a great way to say “I love you.”
  • Husbands/fathers can take on the task of cooking the family’s dinner.
  • Wives/mothers can cook their husband’s favorite meal.
  • Having dinner by candlelight is always special.

If none of these ideas strike your fancy, just do your own thing!

Special Request: will all the ladies of LHP be my Valentine?

And of course, never give up! Never give up! Never give up!

Chaplain Walter Ghosten

By Chaplain Ghosten