Valentine’s Day Prep

OK, so Valentine’s Day is coming up, and as a child of the ’80s…a child of any day, really…you know what preparation that brings: Constructing a Valentine’s Day “mailbox” to put on your desk during the elementary school party. These cardboard-and-glitter masterpieces had value far beyond a catchall for perforated animated character cards with hastily scrawled signatures…they also were busywork to keep the kids occupied while the teachers took a much-needed half-hour break.

(Which is precisely why my French teacher had us make them in class. In high school.)

Here’s a modern-day take featuring Dora and assorted other current cartoon characters:

Now, in my elementary school, there were rules about Valentines…specifically, you had to give one to EVERYONE in the class, you couldn’t pick and choose and leave people out. But of course one would reserve the large/glittery/cool/pretty Valentines for your friends and/or your crush.

Here’s a little something for all the girls and boys out there. (I love that the Transformers Valentines come with heart stickers, because the Transformers themselves are in no way loving or romantic!)

As Monday’s post will most likely be dedicated specifically to Mr. Belding (spoiler alert!), here’s a big gift of love from me to you:


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Miss Bliss lives, works, and reminisces about the golden age of her youth in the Midwest from the DC area. She’s a Scorpio, but only in the good senses of that term. To share your 1980s/1990s mem’ries, e-mail
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