2013 Valentine Lady Marge Henderson sent along the remarks she made at the Annual Valentine Day Breakfast. Henderson said, "Here is what I wrote for my speech at the breakfast on Valentines Day. I tried to sum up what it was like to be the Loveland Valentines Lady."
I have definitely learned quite a bit as THE 2013 VALENTINE LADY.
And I thought that I would share some of that knowledge with you this morning.
First, I learned that you HAVE to buy a red jacket.
Next, I learned that you can buy a very lovely Valentine scarf at amazon.com.
I learned that I had forgotten how to set my alarm clock and that I am looking forward to renewing my friendship with my morning cup of coffee and the crossword puzzle.
My husband learned how to survive on leftovers.
I learned that being the Valentine Lady is very strenuous.
I learned that stamping hundreds, no thousands, of Valentines is hazardous to your health…that the muscles in my arms and neck will take weeks to recover.
I learned that even the most beautifully written children’s book can become very tiresome when read aloud 87 times.
I learned that within the walls of our schools are hundreds of students eager to listen and learn.
I learned that within those walls are many caring, and devoted teachers.
I learned that I LOVE the TITLE “Retired Teacher!”
I learned how delightful it is to sit and engage in a conversation with a senior citizen.
I learned that…thanks to Facebook…you can connect with over a hundred former students who have some very amusing memories of the time we spent together.
I learned that, even in this day and age of texts, Tweets and emails, many Valentines are still being sent the old fashioned way.
I learned that I am extremely fortunate to live in Loveland.
I learned that the Loveland Valentine Ladies were and are very active, vital members of this community.
And finally, I learned that the friendships I have within this group of distinguished women are deep and abiding.
I thank them and the Chamber for the opportunity to be the Loveland Valentine Lady.