In this column last week I asked you to share some Valentine's Day memories. And some of you did, bless your hearts. One of my favorites came from Barbara Morris, who says she grew up in a family that loved to celebrate. "We even celebrated Groundhog Day and every other special day, complete with party hats," she said.
Well, seems she married someone who wasn't so big on celebrating. She once received a valentine from her husband that was dedicated to a "special uncle." Seems he waited until the very last minute to purchase a card.
"Now it's funny and we've just passed it back and forth for about 15 years," she said.
After a little coaxing, another story came from Melissa Tinker who has fond memories of Valentine's Day when she was in the third grade. "I got a poem that was written just for me, a flower and earrings from a boy in my class. And I didn't even know he liked me," she said, laughing.
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But she also remembers when her husband surprised her on Valentine's Day with a live gift.
"The UPS man was at our door that morning and handed me a box that had live lobsters in it. I could hear them scratching. We had a big lobster dinner. It was so good, and really fun."
Some people have already done their shopping. Nancy Dopps is already enjoying the singing bumblebee that croons a love song from the '60s. She said her husband got it for her because they both love the Broadway musical "Jersey Boys," which they went to twice.
"It is so nice to grow old with someone who has the same kind of history and memories that you can share with one another," Nancy said.
My wonderful fifth-grade teacher, Sharon Wasson, called to say she agrees that people should ignore it when their spouse says, "Don't get me anything." She recalled a Christmas when she was a young bride and decided at the last minute to buy her hubby a necktie for $2.50 because she just couldn't stand not to get him something.
On Valentine's Day, bring on the gifts, cards, candy, flowers, whatever, just don't forget to give those you love a big hug. A really big one. It won't cost you a cent.
Want to be a model? —The Models and Images International Model Search 2010 will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday as part of the Women's Fair.
The staff at Models and Images is offering a two-hour seminar covering basic modeling and runway techniques from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Century II Expo Hall.
The seminar is not required to enter the model search, but you do need to register by calling 316-612-9070.
The divisions are ages 5-8, 9-12, and 13 and older, for male and female models. There is a $25 charge to register for the model search.
Several past winners are now modeling in Paris, Los Angeles and New York.
For more information, call the above number or go to www.modelsandimages.com.
Also at the Women's Fair — Christina Osborn, executive director of the Mid-Kansas Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, recently geared up for the Women's Fair by having salon owner Eric Fisher cut 11 inches of her hair. Her ponytail went to Locks of Love, a nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from medical hair loss.
Each year at the Women's Show, stylists from Eric Fisher salons cut hair to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Last year, haircuts and styles that were done for a minimum donation of $20 added up to $6,000 by the end of the fair.