My Secret Valentine

Feb 14, 2006 / Filed in Life / 17 Comments

I’ve said this before, I was not popular in school. When I was in grade school, we had Candy-Grams on Valentine’s Day. All the kids lined up with quarters and bought little cards that had a heart-shaped sucker attached. They wrote a message and put someone’s name on it.

Teachers passed out the Candy-Grams to everyone who had received one. All the boys and girls were excited because they couldn’t wait to see how many friends had sent them one. There I sat alone at my desk, wishing someone would ask me to be their Valentine. But nobody did.

Then one year, a lady walked into the classroom with a big, shiny balloon that said “Be My Valentine”. Everyone’s eyes lit up. Who could it be for? The anticipation was so exciting.

The lady carrying the balloon walked over and gave it to me. I could hear other kids gasping. Why would anyone send me a balloon?

I opened the card and it said “Happy Valentine’s Day! Love, Your Secret Admirer”. I recognized the writing immediately. It was from my Mom. Sensing that I was lonely, like all Mothers do, she had sent the balloon to lift my spirits.

The rest of the day, I was so proud. The other kids were jealous, and they had no idea who the balloon was from. I remember walking proudly home from the bus stop, balloon in hand. I came home and gave my Mom a great big hug and kiss.

It was the best Valentine’s Day of my childhood.

I realize a lot of my readers are single. I also realize a lot of you hate this day. But don’t feel that way, because you’re my friends. I love you, and I’ll be your Valentine 😀



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  • Happy Valentines Day Nathan… and thanks!

    Spider (Feb 14, 2006)
  • Aaawwwww….this story brings a tear to my eye…

    Happy VD!

    Dan (Feb 14, 2006)
  • Thats so sweet. Moms are the best! Happy Valentines day Nathan.

    adam (Feb 14, 2006)
  • Mom’s are the best! I know…I am one 😉

    Thank you for sharing your story, which brought a tear to my eye. You’re the best!

    cindy (Feb 14, 2006)
  • BIG PROPS to MOM! Happy Valentines kiddo…

    T. Johnston (Feb 14, 2006)
  • you made me cry…

    shit happens to make us better people…if that did not happen to you …you would not be sitting there sharing your love for us…

    thank you for sharing and being so sweet and gay….. luv ya

    doninToronto (Feb 14, 2006)
  • Thank you Nathan! As long as someone loves us, this day is all the better 🙂

    Sara (Feb 14, 2006)
  • How sweet! (Yeah, I’m single, but today is really no big deal for some of us.) Happy Valentine’s Day, Nathan!

    Steve (Feb 14, 2006)
  • Nathan Darling,

    What a both heartbreaking and sweet moment for you, thank you for sharing.

    I also have memories of Valentines Day with my mother Sully. The many sailors she had parading through the revolving door she had installed every February 14th.

    My job was to wipe the fingerprints off before we sent the door back on the 15th.

    Kisses, MargOH!

    MargOH! Channing (Feb 14, 2006)
  • Happy Valentine’s Day Mister Sister!!!

    darin (Feb 14, 2006)
  • Awww, I thought your “Secret” valentine was Me, Mr. Secret. LOL

    My mom never did anything like that… While every other parent packed cupcakes and little Valentines Day treats, all I got in my brown bag was a sandwich that I made myself… But damn it, it was a GOOD sandwich with extra mayo. THAT made me happy. Screw candy hearts.

    Happy Valentines Day, Nathan!!

    Mr. Secret (Feb 14, 2006)
  • Happy VD, Nathan! *smooch*

    Six (Feb 14, 2006)
  • Thanks buddy. Happy belated Valentine’s Day to you too. This post lifted my spirits. Have a good one, CTG

    CTG (Feb 14, 2006)
  • That is the sweetest freaking story. I listerally had a tear in my eye.

    Happy Belated Valentines.

    Defining David (Feb 15, 2006)
  • That was soo sweet of your mother. I love doing stuff like that for people. Nothing beats that feeling where you have totally made someone’s day.

    Happy Belated Valentine’s Day!

    Andre Koetsch (Feb 15, 2006)
  • Hey guys

    Thank you to everyone for sharing your comments and feedback with me. I hope you all had a good Valentine’s Day.

    Sorry to those of you who I made cry. I really never want to make anyone cry 🙂


    Nathan (Feb 15, 2006)
  • aww. what a wonderful mom. very sweet post.

    jjd (Feb 15, 2006)

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