Once I had a secret loveâ€¦and so begins the song and a memory of Valentineâ€™s Day long ago.
Every time I hear Doris Day sing that tune, I think back to when I was thirteen and had a huge crush on a boy at school.Â Although I was shy I wasnâ€™t very subtle about my admiration for him. Â Iâ€™d make sure I was seated close to him in just about every class. Iâ€™d drop books and pencils so heâ€™d have to pick them up and hand them to me and weâ€™d get into conversation. Iâ€™d ask him about homework weâ€™d been assignedâ€¦ yeah, not too subtle and I think pretty soon everyone knew I had this thing for him.
To this day Iâ€™ve never been sure if my parents knew about my crush, but that year on Valentineâ€™s Day a card arrived in the mail. I grew up in England where it was customary to remain anonymous when you sent a V-Day card.
So on the table at breakfast sat a red envelope hand addressed to me. My parents looked eagerly at it and then over at me as I sat down and grabbed it.
Well, arenâ€™t you going to open it? My mom asked me.
Her eagerness did raise some suspicion but yes, I did want to know whoâ€™d sent it. I tore open the envelope, pulled out a card with the words Happy Valentineâ€™s Day from your secret admirer written on it. Inside were some words like Iâ€™ve been watching you from afar etc., etc. No name, but just an X on the bottom of the card.
I can still see the smiles on my both my mom and dadâ€™s faces as I read it. I knew I was blushing by the burn on my cheeks.
Did you send me this? I asked them.
Why would we want to do that? was my momâ€™s quick response.
They quickly got back to eating their breakfast. And at school that day I had the envelope with me so I could compare the writing on it to the guyâ€™s I had the crush on.Â Completely different so I spent most of the day looking around to see if I could find the matching handwriting or if it had been meant as a practical joke, someone with a smile on their face.
I never did find my secret admirer and for years to come Iâ€™d keep asking my parents if theyâ€™d played a joke on me and sent it. They kept denying it, and to this day I still donâ€™t know who my secret admirer was or maybe still is!
We all have lots of special memories about Valentineâ€™s Day past but I think this one will always be up there in my top ten.Â Hope your Valentineâ€™s Day is a memorable one too and that you get to spend it with your special someone.
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