Valentines spread out over the kitchen table like a tablecloth. The kids and I had returned from their school party and in the calmness of our home, they began to open up their Valentines. It was like Christmas Morning.
“Valentine, You are a Star!” said Goldi “That’s sweet.” she says holding the valentine close to her heart.
“”Spider man won’t rest til your Valentine’s Day is the best!” reads her brother. He proceeds to blow Superhero music through his teeth and take the pose for shooting a web.
A week ago, the kids signed and addressed the most amazing Valentines their eyes could behold. Goldi knew each classmates’ names by heart. One of her talents maybe because of her autism.
We were halfway through her list, when Goldi said “I need to have valentines for Mr and Mrs. S, Mr and Mrs. A, Johnny, Sam, Andrew, Kenzie, Cynthia, Belle, Joseph…
“We don’t even know some of those people and we might not have enough Valentines! ” I declared.
Some were names of neighbors, and family friends. But some seemed only to exist her in “Once upon a Time World.”
” I need to give them all a Valentine! ” she insisted.
I dreaded going to the store again for another box. How could I get her to think practically when her heart was set on the impossible task of sending a zillion valentines?
“We have to make sure everyone in your class has one first.” I instructed.
“I will!” she cried. She added a sticker and put her trademark curls and swirls after her name on one addressed to “Madalin”” ( her sound it out spelling of Madelyn)
“This is going to be the Happiest Valentine’s Day ever!” she exclaimed.
To Goldi, sending out a zillion Valentines would make it the Happiest Valentine’s Day ever! Goldi, the girl I thought would never say so much as a “How do you do?” , to a safe stranger wants to give the world some hearts.
And after sending many out to friends ( though I have to admit some did not make it to Once upon a Time Land, ) we sat at our kitchen table buried in Valentines.
Goldi knew something I am still learning from an old kindergarten song:
Love is something if you give it away
Give it away, give it away,
Love is something if you give it away, you end up having more.
It’s just like a magic penny, hold it tight and you won’t have any.
Lend it spend it and you’ll have so many… they roll all over the floor….
This is one of Goldi’s favorites. She didn’t know of this story until this Happiest of Valentine’s Day ever!
Ephesians 3:17-19 And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.