Life’s Reflections: Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone

This is just a small amount of ideas for Valentine's Day giving. Of course, flowers and all kinds of other gifts would be among the other things to give a loved one. (Linda Moody photo)

Well, it’s upon us. Valentine’s Day, that is.

That holiday brings back memories of elementary days when we would decorate boxes to take to school to exchange Valentine’s messages with our classmates and usually our teacher.

I don’t remember making the boxes probably because I am not as creative as my mother would have been. I am thinking I was not as proud of my Valentine box.

Looking back, it was a fun time, especially when you could take them home and read each and every one of them in your own privacy.

I thought it was nice when I would get one from a cute classmate only to come to reality and realize he probably had to do it or had other members of his family to sign the cards he was passing out. One can dream, can’t she/he?

In the past as I’ve gotten older, I recall writing articles about those who celebrated anniversaries on Feb. 14 and I’ve even done stories, if I remember correctly, focusing on people born on that day. I ran last week’s list in my column but I will repeat them here.

The anniversaries on Feb. 14 on my list are Elaine and Butch Amspaugh, celebrating 64 years’ Brad and Cindy Horsley, 19 years; and Dennis and Nina Barga, 47 years; while the late Mildred and Richard Labig, would have been celebrating 81 years this year.

Birthdays I have on my list are: once again, Butch Amspaugh, who is 84; as well as Michele Good, Joshua Widener and the late Sherry Ungericht, Chris Young, Sherry Benge, Elmer stuck, Leona Sheets, Maurice Longfellow and Esther Heltzel.

According to one of my sources (Google), Valentine’s Day is also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, which is celebrated annually on the same date. Observed for 1,528 years, it is also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine.

Its significance? Feast day of Saint Valentine; the celebration of love and affection.

People celebrate it in different ways, of which I am sure cards, flowers, candy, date nights are highly involved.

Sounds romantic, doesn’t it? I love it.

No matter how you celebrate it, enjoy!

Jamie and I extend our condolences to the families and friends of Ruth Ann Hummel, Homer “Sonny” Smith, Ida Farmer, Shirley Lee Young, Phyllis Summers, Bryan Barnes and Marvin Simon.
Please pray for these people: Dennis Leeper, Ronnie Norton, Jeremy “Jerm” Burke, Albert Duncan, Bev Brumbaugh, Gary Eichler, David Pretzman, Clinton Randall, Abby Heck, Linda Lore, Ralph Byrd, Beverly McCabe Baker, Doug Winger, Rusty Maloy, Debbie Mayse, Sonja and Dan Coppess, Jeanie Francis, Noah Back, Mary Moran, Harvey Hinshaw, Bruce Kaiser, Angie Brown, Nikole Baldridge, Amanda Mote, Tom Moody, Gary Francis, Anthony and Theresa Grillot, Lee Everhart, Paul Gigandet, Doug Whittington, Tracy Pratt, Kinley Bernard, D’Arleen Waymire, Tish Hodson Shepherd, Zach Urbancic.
Also, Sharon Gamster, Connie Stachler, Rick Libert, Harold Libert, Randy Heck, John Rimmer, Joan Keen, Carol Hemmerich, Sharon Hummel, Dave Hinshaw, Larry P. Fitzwater, Jim Thomas, Neal Gray, Michael Mowery, Debbie Mayse, Kenny Edwards, Judie Hathaway, Della Burch, Ned and Brenda Wallace, Connie Buemi Hodson, Rick Marker, Randy Garrison, Steve Waymire, Warren Menchhofer, Kenton Turner, Gary Knick, Karen Hecht, Jannie Barrow, Kathy Gragorace, Danny Foster, Noella Combs, Clay Sheffer, Becky Everhart, Marie Rieman, Becky Oliver, Jayden Martin, Jeff Rider, Stefani Priest, Steve Neff, James Enicks, Joann Freeman, Cathy Collins Peters, Donna Bixler, Vanna Hannam, Linda Subler, Roger McEowen, Jerri Barber, Sally Burnett Ganger, Gloria Hodge, Jeff Baltes, Judy Hoffman and daughter Shelly, Cathy Melling, Scott Clark, and all of those who are suffering from other life-altering illnesses.
Happy birthday:
Feb. 15 to Tina Brooks Quenton Riffell, Michael Amspaugh, Jessi Auske and Jennifer Sturgill.
Feb. 16 to Shirley Lutz, Sandra Ashby, Lori Smith Riegle, Jerry Duncan, Chad Young, Kent Stump, Doug Riffle, Jack Edwards and Gary Garrison.
Feb. 17 to Dave Bricker, Barbara Marker, Beth DeLong, Paul “Jamie” Gray, Bob Campbell, Joan Trittschuh, Connie Schuette, Diane Billenstein, Sorona Verneman, Donna Peters Arnett, Mike Gessler, Karen Gessler, Cindy Rismiller, Darrell Fox and Kim Knick.
Feb. 18 to Steve Garman, Jodi Leeper Reichert, Courtney Riegle, Tammy Leugers and Sterling Gregory.
Feb. 19 to Larry Singer, Marvin Pierron, Shawn Peters, Jarvis Thwaits, Chris Thornhill and Angie Minnich.
Feb. 20 to Melissa Anderson, Charlene Hartzell, Tim Dickey, DanLenker, Bev Garrison, Brooe Muhlenkamp and Larry Hall.
Feb. 21 to Anson Phillips, Maegan Rismiller, Gary Moody, Joey Kunk, Kimberlee Garber Bloom, John Alan Newbauer Jr., Jim Owens, Randy Fourman, Jeremy Rammel and Heather Meade.
Happy anniversary to John and Ruth Peters on Feb. 15; Alan and Shirley Phillippi on Feb. 16; and Larry and Julie Hall on Feb. 18.


Think about it: “A writer starts with reams of black paper; a painter with a fresh canvas, a sculpture with a block of stone; and a musician with silence.” — Author Unknown