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Valentine's Day Musings: Cards, Dogs, Handguns, and More

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Shih Tzu doggies dressed for Valentine's Day

Shih Tzu doggies dressed for Valentine's Day

1950s Memories

Do you remember exchanging those cute Valentine cards in elementary school? I well remember laboring over which ones I should give to my classmates back in the nineteen fifties. Those are fun memories!

The cards were so cute back then. Some of them came in sheets to punch out, while others came boxed. If you Google images for Valentine cards back in the 1950s, you will see countless photos of what they looked like at that time.

The color red became a mainstay. Wordings like "Be My Valentine" with a little pigtailed girl holding a Valentine or "To a Special Valentine" with a cute cat on the front or "Your Doggone Cute, Valentine"...the latter one with an image of a darling puppy were the norm.

We would print the names of our fellow students and sign them on the back of each card. Exchanges of the cards usually took place late in the day amidst many smiles and much laughter.

There were always heart-shaped candies with words appropriate for this particular day available to eat and share with others. That particular candy has been around for a very long time!

Candy hearts for Valentine's Day

Candy hearts for Valentine's Day

Saint Valentine

Did you realize that several Christian martyrs carry the name Valentine? While February 14th is the most commonly celebrated day for the Feast of Saint Valentine worldwide, there are other dates. They include July 6th and July 30th.

The romantic notions associated with Valentine’s Day have evolved over the centuries. Many people no longer relate the martyrdom of saints with the cupids, cards, chocolates, and roses commonly given to loved ones on this celebratory day.

Manufacturers of greeting cards devote lots of space in the card racks of stores leading up to February 14th.

If you wish to learn more about how Valentine’s Day has evolved over the years to what it has become today, Wikipedia has a good article regarding that day of the year. Check out the source link at the bottom of this page.

There is no remedy for love but to love more.

— Henry David Thoreau

Red Rose

Red Rose

If I had a flower for every time I thought of you … I could walk through my garden forever.

— Alfred Tennyson

Valentine Poetry

When I was a child the most common poem recited on this day was the following:

“Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

Sugar is sweet,

And so are you.”

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My paternal grandmother used this poem in my old autograph book, and then added another line before her signature.


The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.

— Helen Keller

Valentine Gift Giving

After I was married, I surprised my hubby with a humorous Valentine gift. It was a pair of undershorts with the following sayings: “I love you fiercely. I go wild over you. You bring out the beast in me.”

Red hearts were on a white background with a tiger cuddling the hearts to accompany the words. A battery-operated plastic-shaped heart was in the box with a spring that clacked away, simulating a heartbeat. We had some laughs over that, and all these years, he has kept those pair of undershorts tucked away in a dresser drawer. Who knew that he would be so sentimental after this many years of marriage! (Smile)

Have you ever given a joke type of gift, or do you always go for the more romantic ones?

We're all a little weird, and life's a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.

— Dr. Seuss

Trudy's Valentine Card with Paw Print

Trudy's Valentine Card with Paw Print

Valentine Card From Trudy

Trudy got her two-legged mommy to help her make this Valentine card for her daddy many years ago. Trudy figured that her mommy could better cut out little heart shapes since she had an opposing thumb on each hand.

She also had her mommy get some red food coloring and mix it into some water in a dish. Trudy then put one of her front feet in it, got it wet, and placed her paw print in the center of the paper plate as a signature. She did this outside for this part of the project, and then some foot washing was in order.

Trudy then had her mommy cut out some photos of her and affix them along with the hearts to the paper plate, and through telepathy, had her write some endearments appropriate to what would become a Valentine card. It was such a fun day when daddy got to see his card.

Reggie's Valentine Card with Paw Print

Reggie's Valentine Card with Paw Print

Valentine Card From Reggie

When Reggie saw what his pal Trudy was doing, he also wanted to get in on the act of giving his dear daddy a Valentine card. So with help from his accomplice and human mommy, this is what he created.

Just like the Valentine card from Trudy, it brought big smiles to the face of his daddy. Both cards are now in a photo album created by his mommy. It was no problem getting mommy to part with some photos for the card because she was always taking our pictures. We got quite used to those clicking sounds and occasional flashes from her camera. My signature paw print was not quite as neat as Trudy's, but then I had longer hair than Trudy.

As it turned out, this was the one and only Valentine card we ever gave to our daddy. We thought that one was enough because he got plenty of love from us every day and mommy always added our names when she would give him her cards.

Why humans make such a big deal about Valentine cards or doing something special for their loved ones on that particular day is a bit crazy to my way of thinking. I think that every day is as good as the next one to show love and affection to one another. What do you think?

♥♥♥ Shih Tzu Kids ♥♥♥

Judi Gullickson is my cousin Tom's wife, and she has graciously allowed me the use of her Shih Tzu Kids photos which many of you have probably seen illustrating other posts. So many of them were perfect for Valentine's Day!

Here is wishing each and every one of you a sweet day when Valentine’s Day arrives no matter how you might choose to celebrate it.

My bounty is as boundless as the sea, My love as deep; the more I give to thee, The more I have, for both are infinite.

— William Shakespeare

Handgun Valentine Gift

Last year it was televised on our local NBC news channel in Houston that the Katy police department on their Facebook page had been touting the gift of a handgun as a perfect Valentine gift for men to give to their wives or girlfriends. I am not kidding! Some women were interviewed on TV, and they said that they would love such a gift.

Of course it is recommended that anyone getting the gift of a gun learns how to properly use it. There is a shooting range in Katy that would be perfect for target practice. Katy, Texas merges with Houston and is located due west of our city.

I may be old fashioned but truthfully I would never have thought of receiving a handgun as a Valentine gift. Somehow it just does not seem as romantic as a bouquet and candlelit dinner with some fine wine as an accompaniment. That is more of an idea of what I would prefer as a Valentine's Day gift. Even a few good hugs and kisses would suffice! How about you? What do you think about receiving a gun for Valentine's Day?

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.

— Charles M. Schulz


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2015 Peggy Woods


Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 04, 2020:

Hi C E Clark,

Like you, I appreciate other types of gifts. Happy Valentine's Day to you in advance.

You are so right with respect to gun ownership. If one decides to own one for protection, one must know how to use it properly and practice to keep one's skills up-to-date. Keeping it out of the hands of children or others should also be a priority.

C E Clark from North Texas on February 04, 2020:

You have some good gift suggestions here. I think handmade things are especially good for Valentine's Day. That way they don't have to cost a lot, and the effort put into them means much more.

No, I don't think I would want a gun for Valentine's Day. I really don't like them at all. Seems to me that many of the people who have them presumably for protection would be likely to find them pointed at themselves by the time they realize they need one. Sometimes a gun just escalates a bad situation and things that would never have happened do when a gun is introduced to the situation.

Just 10 more days . . .

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 23, 2018:

Hi Rajan,

I like your idea of flowers and a candlelit dinner to celebrate Valentine's Day. Thanks for your comment.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 22, 2018:

I remember this Valentine day poem as clearly as yesterday. The videos provide a lot of interesting ideas. Flowers and a candlelight dinner would be my choice.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 09, 2018:

Hi Thelma,

Wishing you a lovely weekend also. Like you I think that many people remember that poem about "Roses are Red, Violets are Blue..." As to the guns, not everyone wants them but those that do seem to have not only one but even more of them.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on February 09, 2018:

Peggy, the dogs are so cute. This is an awesome evergreen hub to read. It is so scary to receive a gun for Valentines Day. I have not thought that some women love this as a gift. The poem "violets are blue..." is a childhood poem I have read and never forget.

Thanks for sharing. Have a lovely weekend.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 07, 2018:

Greetings Chitrangada Sharan,

Wishing you a very Happy Valentine's Day. Appreciate your comment.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on February 07, 2018:

Came back to read your evergreen hub about Valentine’s Day!

Great pictures and wonderful suggestions! Yes, Love is in the air.

Thanks for sharing this excellent article!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 06, 2018:

Hi Peg,

Those exchanges of cute Valentine's cards in elementary school make for good memories. That was always a fun day! Glad you liked our pet Valentine cards. My hubby enjoyed them and they are now in our dog photo albums.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on February 03, 2018:

These great reminders of Valentine's Days in the past were wonderful. I really loved the sentimental pet cards you (and the dogs) created. Trudy reminds me so much of my very first dog, Trixie, who came to live with our family as a puppy when I was just four. I still miss her and always will.

I remember the exchange of Valentine Day cards in grade school. We decorated a box for random deposits of mail and toward the end of the day the cards were passed out. xxxooo to you and yours.♥

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 31, 2018:

Hi Jill,

We are in total agreement as to not wanting a gun for a Valentine gift. As the old saying goes: "Different strokes for different folks!" As to those elementary school days and the exchanging of cards, that is a fun memory. Glad you enjoyed the trip down memory lane.

Jill Spencer from United States on January 29, 2018:

Your hub title really made my eyebrows climb. Like you, I could not imagine wanting a gun for Valentine's Day. Jewelry, please! Also, thanks for the trip down memory lane. I too remember exchanging Valentine cards in elementary. We'd make mailboxes in the morning and deliveries in the afternoon. lol

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 10, 2017:

Hi Stella,

I was also in Catholic school from 3rd through 7th grade and loved it. My dad actually helped build the school. After moving to Texas I was once again in public school. Happy Valentine's Day to you!

stella vadakin from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619 on February 08, 2017:

Peggy W, I loved Valentine's Day when I was in school. I was in Catholic school and we had great parties. Fun to read and the dogs are great. Happy Valentine's Day. Stella

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 08, 2017:

Hi Patricia,

That note was truly special! Wishing you and your entire family a happy Valentine's Day. Sending extra prayers your way.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 08, 2017:

Hi Susie,

I hope you get exactly what you wish for this coming Valentine's Day...including that big juicy steak! :)

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on February 08, 2017:

O so happy you received his little thank you...writing is difficult for him but he wanted to write the words.....hugs to you


Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on February 08, 2017:

O how sweet....the little pups have stolen my heart....hoping you and yours have a lovey Valentine's Day this year.

Angels are headed your way this morning ps

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on February 07, 2017:

Peggy, I love your articles that showcase these adorable pups. I guess I have always enjoyed a nice dinner in or out, or a new outfit that I get to pick out and try on cards are nice!

It won't be long and Valentine's Day will be here, so I wish you a very happy one. I think I want a tender juicy steak!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 12, 2016:

Glad you enjoyed this Robert. :)

Robert Sacchi on July 04, 2016:

An interesting looks at different related to Valentine's Day.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 07, 2015:

Hi Don,

When I was a child in Catholic school in lower grades I remember exchanging those cute little Valentine cards. I do not remember eating candy at the same time. I never was much of a candy eater when a kid or even now so it would have been no hardship to give up candy for Lent. The idea was to give up something that one really liked so that it was a bit of a sacrifice.

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on September 07, 2015:

Hi Peggy. What I recall o Valentines Day as a kid was that it usually came during lent. I am Catholic but some of my years were spent in public schools where teachers always had little parties with candy hearts etc. It seemed customary back then for kids to abstain from candy during lent. Maaybe after Vatican II they would have gotten a dispensation.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 02, 2015:

Hi Sheila,

Nice that reading this Valentine's Day inspired hub gave you some ideas for cards, etc. I think that those Shih Tzu photos are so cute! My hubby really liked his personalized Valentine's Day 'cards' from his 4 legged pals. Ha! Had to cut down the paper plates to fit in a photo album...thus the odd shapes. Happy memories of Trudy and Reggie whenever we look at them! :)

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on September 02, 2015:

Valentines Day is still a ways away, but I couldn't help myself, I had to read this hub. The pictures are so darn cute! If I didn't already have 2 guns, I wouldn't mind a gun for a gift. Your hub here has given me some ideas for not only Valentines Day cards, but birthday cards as well!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 29, 2015:

Hi Victoria,

I agree with you that there is far too much commercialization of holidays like Valentine's Day. A heartfelt note or poem from the heart such as you receive has much more meaning. Glad you liked the artistic bent of our dogs. Ha! They were sweeties!

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on July 29, 2015:

No, thank you to the gun. LOL. My boyfriend has always written a cute little poem from the heart. We've never made a big deal about Valentine's Day. It seems too fabricated, too commercial, and makes too many people feel left out--not my favorite holiday. But a sweet sentiment is always nice. And I love the pictures of the Shih Tzus! And the cards you doggies made--priceless!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 02, 2015:

Hi Suzanne,

I agree with you in that a nice dinner would be preferable as a Valentine gift rather than a gun. To each his (or her) own! Thanks for the vote and pin.

Suzanne Day from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on May 01, 2015:

Yes, the handguns are a new one for Valentine's Day - I think I'd rather have dinner out with a partner than get one (but then again, I live in Australia where guns are less prolific). I've received chocolates for the last few Valentines Days but they don't last long, so dinner is the winner! Pinned & voted awesome!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 16, 2015:

Hi Roberta,

An origami Valentine card with a gift certificate in it would indeed be a welcomed gift for your grandkids. Thanks for expressing your favorite type of Valentine's Day gift in your comment. I just looked at the poll and it is interesting to me that at least as of today, 9% would choose a gun as their favorite type of gift. Most, obviously, would not.

RTalloni on April 15, 2015:

Many musings here, yes indeed! A handmade card, especially an origami card is the kind of treasure I would choose. This example would be a great design for my little grands because I could put a gift card to a local ice cream store in them.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 10, 2015:

Hi Suzanne,

I know what you mean about the days, whether holidays or not, passing swiftly. Those pages on the calendar seem to be turned more rapidly these days! Nice that you got the chance to purchase some discounted candy after Valentine's Day. Picking up bargains of things you like is nice!

justmesuzanne from Texas on April 09, 2015:

There are so many holidays that completely slip past me these days! :D Valentine's Day, St. Pat's and so on. I do enjoy the after Valentine's Day sales, though! I bought myself two nice boxes of chocolates. I'm glad they weren't handguns! ;) Voted up and interesting!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 23, 2015:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

Those were cute Valentines back then! Wish I had saved some also. I can understand why you thought that gift to your husband was a rather odd one unless he had actually been involved in a business making rifles.

FlourishAnyway from USA on February 22, 2015:

I recall those days of trading valentines in elementary school, too. I sure wished I had saved a few. Your relative's dogs are adorable. I'd fall out if given a hand gun. My husband was gifted a rifle once through work and as an HR person I was very shocked.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 15, 2015:

Hi Thelma,

Thanks! Hope your Valentine's Day was a good one as well.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on February 14, 2015:

Wow! This is the most beautiful Valentines Day hub I have read today. The dogs and the cards are awesome. Thanks for sharing Peggy. Happy Valentines Day!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 14, 2015:

Hi Alicia,

Those like you who live in Canada are probably scratching their heads over the idea of receiving a gun for Valentine's Day. Many people in the U.S. love their guns. Another topic for sure! Happy to hear you enjoyed those cute dog photos. Happy Valentine's Day to you!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 14, 2015:

Happy Valentine's Day Charles! ♥

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 14, 2015:

Hi Martie,

If you didn't get that gift for Valentine's Day you could always put it on your wish list for birthday or Christmas. :)) Happy Valentine's Day!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 14, 2015:

Hi sweetstickyrainbo,

It would seem that some people think that way. I'll stick with the more traditional items. Ha! Happy Valentine's Day!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 14, 2015:

Hi ChitrangadaSharan,

Am sure your husband will appreciate your cooking efforts on his behalf today. Happy Valentine's Day!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 14, 2015:

Hi sallybea,

Happy Valentine's Day to you also. Many cute dog photos here! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 14, 2015:

Hi peachpurple,

XOXO has stood for hugs and kisses for as long as I know. Here is what Wikipedia has to say regarding this subject:

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 14, 2015:

Hi Frank,

That is a nice wish that you have for Valentine's Day which has now arrived. Wishing you and everyone else a very happy Valentine's Day today.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 14, 2015:

Hi ladyguitarpicker,

Those old 1950s and 1960s cards were so cute. Glad you enjoyed this hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 14, 2015:

Hi Mary,

Happy Valentine's Day to you! I thought that video was great also. Thanks for the share and enjoy your day! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 14, 2015:

Hi Jackie,

Today is the day! Happy Valentine's Day. Glad you liked this hub. :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 14, 2015:

Hi Nell,

I am happy to hear that seeing these Valentine cards from Trudy and Reggie made you smile. Happy Valentine's Day!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 14, 2015:

Hi Louise,

Happy Valentine's Day to you!!!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 14, 2015:

Hi Au fait,

It would seem that your husband is very handy in the carpentry department making you that wooden Valentine's card. More memorable than the paper kind for sure!

Engagement gun! Now that is certainly unique!

Not sure what those 50s/early60s cards cost, but it was not much and they were so cute! Happy Valentine's Day! :))

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on February 13, 2015:

The dog photos are so cute, Peggy, including the ones in the Valentine's Day cards. This is a great hub to read just before the special day!

I think the idea of giving someone a gun as a Valentine's Day gift is horrible. It was very interesting to read about it, though!

Martie Coetser from South Africa on February 13, 2015:

Great ideas, Peggy! I would love a handgun as a Valentine gift :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 13, 2015:

Hi Patricia,

Looking at these cute pup photos makes me smile also. :) Our Trudy and Reggie are now in doggie heaven but still much loved and remembered. Happy Valentine's Day to you and those you love.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 13, 2015:

Hi Bill,

Crisis averted! Ha! Happy Valentine's Day! :)

sweetstickyrainbo on February 13, 2015:

Nothing says I love you like a loaded weapon!

Charles Criner on February 13, 2015:

Peggy, thank you for the great Hub and I'll take one of the girl's at the bottom on the sleep number (smile)..........Charles

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on February 13, 2015:

Very interesting and cute ideas for Valentines day !

Loved your pictures and video.

The shops are flooded with attractive gifts for this occasion, but I am planning to make some of my hubby's favorite recipes on Valentines day.

Thanks for sharing your personal gifting story. Voted up!

Happy Valentines Day! Enjoy the day.

Sally Gulbrandsen from Norfolk on February 13, 2015:

How cute is that dog! Happy Valentine's day.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on February 13, 2015:

Why is xoxo used for kisses? Those pups are cute

peachy from Home Sweet Home on February 13, 2015:

Why isxoxo used for kisses?

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on February 13, 2015:

what a smorgsborg.. of Valentine musings.. cards.. fun and news.. that poem I remember getting from a girl when I was in the third grade.. it was cute then and still is today.. Love for all the people feeling not loved is what I want for Valentine's day.. oh and a little bit of base :) LOL bless you

stella vadakin from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619 on February 13, 2015:

I like the old valentine cards from the 1950 and 1060 years, and the homemade ones the best. Your hub brings back a lot of memories. A very interesting hub.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on February 13, 2015:

This is such a delightful Hub to read just before Valentine's Day! All I ever wanted was a nice dinner out. Love those Valentine's day card. That video was great showing how to make roses from candy kisses. I always love seeing the adorable Shih Tzus!

Vote this Up, shared here and on Google+.

Hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on February 13, 2015:

What a cute and informative article Peggy! Happy Valentines Day to you, too.

Nell Rose from England on February 13, 2015:

lol! Peggy! this was great! I love Trudy and Reggies cards! they are so lovely! and the photos too, I haven't received a valentine card in many years, my ex used to buy me chocs etc, but no cards these days! lol! great hub, made me smile, nell

Louise Dewey on February 13, 2015:

Lovely story, Peggy! Valentine's Day gets lost in the shuffle when you're single., so it's nice to see how special it can be for others.

Love you!

C E Clark from North Texas on February 13, 2015:

My most recent husband didn't give me a gun for Valentine's Day, but he did give me one. A 457 Magnum. We called it my engagement gun -- instead of a diamond ring.

I remember one year husband forgot all about Valentine's Day and so he went out to our shed and made one out of wood with his table saw. He had some thin wood that he cut into same sizes to make pages and put holes in one side using wire wrapped around the holes to hold them together and made a little book that he carved hearts and words into.

I think those books of punch out valentines were the prettiest ones back in the late 50s/early 60s. Did they even cost a dollar?

Too bad you did't take a photo of those shorts with the hearts all over them that your husband has been saving. That would have been a great addition with him holding them up for the camera. ;)

Voting this up, BAUI, pinning to my 'Valentine' board, and sharing. Only 2 more days!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on February 12, 2015:

O I adore this. All of the precious pup photos and especially sweet Trudy.

I admit it. Valentine's Day is one of my favorite times of the year. Adoring our pets at this time is so appropriate...we love them so and we can show them a little bit of extra love.

Great hub Peggy

Voted up++++ shared

Angels are on the way to you today ps

I wish one of our choices in the voting up section would be: 'makes me smile"...I would have checked that :D :D :D

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 12, 2015:

Because I work from home, and because I don't watch television, I just found out today that Valentine's Day is Saturday. Whew! That could have been a disaster. :)

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