The tradition of exchanging those little paper messages was forbidden at my Catholic elementary school.
If youthful expressions of love happened back then, they had to be done in secret.
That was okay by me. I knew my place in my class. I was not the heartthrob, I was the competition. Academics saved me.
Years later, I would buy those packages of 20-30 Valentine cards for my kids. By then, teachers would insist that every student receive a card, if the exchange was to happen at all.
It became a craft project and a lesson in kindness.
A wise move on their part.
This past Friday, 17 year old Hayden Godfrey presented a carnation to all of the 900 girls in his Salt Lake City high school.
He worked 3 different jobs to earn the $450. for flowers he purchased on the internet.
In his words…
“I don’t think anything can compare to seeing every girl in your life holding a flower as they walk through the halls.”
Godfrey, a senior, has a girlfriend of 6 months, plans to work a few years before going to college.
A young man with the brightest of futures.