V alentine cookies! When I was a little girl in elementary school, we had THE best parties ever on Valentine's Day. I'd say it was all because of the Valentine cookies (because my theme is food), but I'd be lying. It was partly the cookies, but mostly the valentines. We would spend days making the prettiest, frilliest, doilie-est valentines EVER! (And yes, doilie-est is the newest word in the Judy Dictionary). Not only did we make the greatest valentines ever, but we also decorated the most beautiful pink paper lunch sacks to house all of those coveted professions of love and friendship. Then, on the actual day - Valentine's Day - mothers would bring the most delicious and beautiful homemade Valentine's cookies. And red punch. Always red punch.
Then, the moment we were all really waiting for - - passing out our valentines to each other, and hoping against hope that you would get one from your secret crush. Some valentines would be store-bought, some would be handmade, but they were all treasures that you would look at over and over again.
Valentine's Day is also my father-in-law's birthday. Val - named after Valentine's Day - one of the greatest and kindest men I will ever know. Cancer took him several years ago. Now, Valentine's Day is a day to remember him and the great legacy he left for his family and all who knew him.
And a day to toast his life with a delicious beautiful Valentine cookie!