Valentine Day Memories

Carolyn’s Valentine Day Memory

Since I have been in Toronto, many times I went over to the mall before Valentine’s Day, and I would get myself a chocolate heart and a heart for my sister. But, I won’t be going this year because of this pandemic. When I was a little girl, I used to send Valentine’s Day cards to my friends at school. When I got older I got a special card for my parents and for my sister.

Samantha’s Valentine Memory

My first dog was Smudge. Smudge was born on February 6th 2006 but for many years we believed she was born on February 14th. We went to Niagara Falls 6 weeks later to pick her up.

Carolyn has another memory of February 

When I was living at home in Cornwall, I did have another favourite day in February. That day is the day before the start of Lent and is sometimes called Pancake Tuesday. To celebrate it, my mother always made us pancakes for dinner as a special treat – with fruit and maple syrup. They were so good. I always wondered why pancakes were special and found out that they were a tradition in many European countries because eggs, sugar and fat were often forbidden during Lent, so they were used up before Lent started. 

Samantha has a similar tradition for Pancake Tuesday. We make potato pancakes for dinner.

hmmmmm …. they both sound good!!

By Samantha Millar and Carolyn Henry 

with assistance from Julie Millar and Glynis Henry