By Barbara Rigsby

The Cullman Times



“To love is to receive a glimpse of Heaven.” — Karen Sunde

You would have to be around my age to remember a beautiful old song, “My Funny Valentine.” I can barely put the lyrics together, but it goes something like this: “My funny valentine, sweet comic valentine, you make me smile with your eyes. Is your figure less than Greek, is your mouth a little weak, when you open it to speak, are you smiling? Stay little valentine, stay, each day is Valentines Day.”

I love those romantic old songs, being a dyed-in-the-wool old-time romantic. Valentines Day was especially great when you were in grade school and you brought little cards to all of your classmates, depositing them into a box the teacher had decorated with white paper, red hearts and cupids. She would reach into the box and call the name on the card and we would march to the front to receive it and hoping that we would get a lot more.

The homeroom mother would bring lovely refreshments for the party, cookies, cupcakes, red jelly beans in fluted paper cups, pink fruit punch or strawberry Kool-Aid. This was a great party and was always one of our favorites. The day brought boxes of candy in red heart-shaped boxes, special cards, flowers, little gifts and so many other little gestures that folks in love do for one another.

So why can’t we have Valentines Day more often? I think we can if we want to show our true devotion to our loved ones. We can’t just sit back on our duffs and wait for that little naked cupid to come around and shoot an arrow into our hearts. We have to help him out and work a little to show our thoughtfulness, kindness and love.

There is an old saying: “Love is not love until you give it away.” Being kind and just plain considerate is a good start in the game of love. You can always add just a few more frills and furbelows to a relationship.

Maybe it is our husband, wife, children, friends and other family relations that we are concerned about and know we need to spend more time on showing them our love. It is very easy to take your family for granted and we should enjoy each day we spend with them. The more energy you expand, the more results you will get.

“What is love? It is the morning and the evening star.” — Sinclair Lewis

Tuck a love note into a lunch bag, make a special little dessert for someone, pick a few wildflowers picked on a walk and put into a little vase. Pick up the dry cleaning when the other party is pressed for time and just remembering to say those three little words that pack such a great big message, “I love you.”

Happy Valentines Day on Tuesday.



Chocolate Covered Cherry Cake

1 tsp. almond extract

1 can cherry pie filling

2 eggs

Chocolate cake mix

Mix almond extract into the cherry pie filling. Add cake mix and stir well with a spoon until moist. Pour into a greased 9x13 pan. Bake at 350º for 30 minutes.

Icing:

1 c. sugar

5 T. butter

1?3 c. Pet milk

6 oz. pkg. of semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 tsp. vanilla

Bring sugar, butter and milk to a boil for 1 minute, stirring. Remove from heat and stir in the chocolate chips. Add vanilla and pour over the cake while it is still in the pan. Refrigerate when cool. To serve, cut into squares, top with a dollop of Cool Whip and a few red heart sprinkles.

“Romance is the icing, but love is the cake.”

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