Susanna Leonard Hill : thank you for the opportunity to enter the Valentine’s Day contest for children (ages 12 and down) – with the goal of 214 words tops and someone must be grumpy. I took that goal and told a true story that happened in our class when I was a girl… What Valentine’s Day IS all about… Here is my entry for the contest: I Heart You by Anne Hendricks, 2016.
I Heart You
On Valentine’s Day, we celebrate each year
A day for love, friends, and cheer
More than candy, cards, and cutouts
Beau taught me what the day was about!
Our teacher’s rule before our fun
“A Valentine’s Day card must be given to everyone
Hand-made or bought
Remember, it’s all in the thought!”
Nancy cried out “I heart you,’ and showed all to see
“Beau wants to GO with me!”
Megan began to grow grumpy and got into a fit
“His card HEARTS ME, you nitwit!”
I opened Beau’s card with his “I heart you”
He wrote the same too!
Did he like me, in that way, kissy, huggy, or mushy
Every girl in class had opened hers and were yelling, arguing, or blushing!
Beau stood up and said
Quietly shaking his blonde head
“I heart you isn’t liking a girl in a special way
Or saying something silly this famous day.”
“Preacher talked about God’s love
His message from above
When I heart you, don’t you see?
Jesus died loving you – and me – at Calvary!”
Silence fell as down I gazed
At the red heart-shaped card Beau had made
Forever, I would treasure his Valentine’s truth
The day I learned, “I heart you.”