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Paul's Valentine
by Susan K. de Vegter

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Heart shaped box of red and white
Lacy, white and delicate
Pasted pictures of red hearts
Ready just to celebrate
Pudgy hands with fingers tight
Holding on to dreams
Little boy... eyes a fright
Just take a look at him
Hair slicked back with Daddy's gel
Shoes all shined and polished
Nerves in bunches... still he beams
Shirt all white and starched
Waiting for Miss Susan
She ventures into sight
His smile blows up and then his grin
He sucks in breaths with all his might
She smells just like his mother
His heart is in a race
His knees are just a'rocking
Oh! For goodness sakes
Then Miss Susan bends her knees
Then takes his hand in hers
She brushes back his tossed bangs
Her tears causing a blur
The teacher and this little boy
All fresh and smelling nice
Beams of joys traded then
More than once or twice
The first crush for this little lad
The first time for this teacher
The first of first for both of them
Will make their memories richer
Valentines are for the heart
To tend the garden there
Every year I remember Paul
And the smile that he put there
I have so many riches
They shine within my soul
On Valentines they appear anew
To have again and hold.

Susan K. Rowse
İCopyright February 2002

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Reviewed by Fr. Kurt Messick 2/13/2004
very good
Reviewed by Marilyn Seray 2/8/2004
this stroked my heart. I sure know what you mean...those little children...I could just squeeze them and eat them up.
such a sweet write

I've never had that happen to me, but one little 4 year old boy asked me if he could marry my 10 year old daughter when i brought her to school with me one day. he was by her side the entire afternoon.
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 2/8/2004
Good memoir.
Reviewed by Simon Thurlow (Reader) 2/8/2004
Reviewed by Al Swanson (Reader) 2/5/2004
beautiful Susan ty al
Reviewed by E T Waldron 2/5/2004
Susan I love this reminiscence, it brought back lots of memories , good ones;-) Thanks. Good to see you back!
Reviewed by Larry Rochelle 2/5/2004
And isn't it sad that some school district has banned personal Valentine cards? All the kids get are generic ones.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 2/5/2004
Wonderful sentimental write Susan!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Debashish Haar (Reader) 2/5/2004
Susan this is wonderful..a gem of a write!

Two Down by Paddy Bostock

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