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I Remember Loving Days by Gene Plyler



 A spark of thought often comes like a flash of lightening across our minds and we reap the brilliant reward of memorable times of our childhood.  Such was the occasion of knowing Valentines Day was coming soon, being swept back in time and carried by the expectancy of proudly remembering some of those youthful times.  Valentines Day was a magical time when, who knows, Cupid might strike you with one of those special arrows.  It was an innocent time not springing from Bible stories.  It was some kind of electrical time that released sweet happy thoughts.

Valentines in our family were hard to get, or not an every year time for store bought ones.  On those years, I and my brothers and sisters would have, maybe, four or five cards.  We had to choose with whom we would share a card with in our classes.  Sometimes, we made homemade cards out of simple construction paper.  Artistry was not my special ability.  Drawing was very difficult, but coloring the pictures was always easier.  Sometimes my brothers and sisters had to make hard choices about what we celebrated.  Keeping your place in life was a gift that all poorer children had, like sharing what you had and never saying we (I) didn’t have anymore cards for everyone in the class. Oh, sure all the class knew our (my) status, but no one condemned you for it.  In a way my classmates were the same, taking life as it came and enjoying it to the fullest was what we did.

Good thoughts of Valentines lifted everyone’s spirits.  Everyone wanted to be loved and accepted.  Valentines Day was, sort of, that kind of day.  The teacher would be feeling much better for Valentines Day, because everyone would share loving attitudes that day.  The best behavior was the goal for all.  We all waited for the hour to come that we would be free to deliver our Valentines to one another.  In some classes each child would hang a decorated paper bag along the wall to receive “all the Valentines”. It was just a happy time to open Valentines and read the name and the note inside.  No Valentine party was a good party unless candy was shared by all.  All those little hearts and the fine print were just silly.  But, it was our time to dream and have a fantasy love.  How many different love lines could you find in your candy Valentines?  To me it really did not mater, because I was going to eat mine anyway! What could really top Valentines Day off?  Why, it would be a classroom volunteer Mother who brought cupcakes and drink for our party too!  You know, I loved those people that did things for us.  It was a generous and happy time that imprinted itself in our memories.  I said, Valentines Day was a magical time.  It really was!

In some years Valentines Day was really special…Remember that sweet little girl or boy that caught your eye almost every time you looked that way?  How about the note that you or they slipped you when the teacher wasn’t looking?  For that year Valentines Day was just special! It was a children’s world when anything was possible, because all of life opened before us great possibilities.  Liking that favorite boy or girl was fun. You could talk to them and have a friendly time together at recess, lunch, or waiting for the bus.

Valentines Day still is a time of sharing love and appreciation with all those that we know.  That’s what Apostle John wrote, “To love our neighbors as ourselves”. Good will toward all men should become our attitude and our character will profess it.  Love needs feet, hands, and a heart, lest love not get there any other way.  Valentines love is magical, often changing the heart, but always changing the face to a smile.

Happy Valentines Day!

Gene Plyler




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Thankful Thursday – Love

On this Thankful Thursday, which is also Valentine’s Day I am thankful for love. One of the first things I learned growing up in a loving family is that God is love. Several decades of life have simply strengthened that early belief. As an adult I have learned that where love is God is. We are bathed in love by family and friends. God continues to shower us with blessings. Of course, there are the trials of daily living, but they are miniscule when compared to the constant flow of blessings. Life is a gift. Love is a gift. Today is a gift. Today let someone know how much you care for her or him and express your thanks to God for the presence of that person in your life. Paul Bear Bryant speaking about the importance of relationships said, “Imagine that the person with whom you are speaking will not live past midnight. How would you treat her or him?” The people in our lives are gifts. The wonderful thing about love is that the more you love the more you have the capacity to love. You cannot exhaust the supply of love. Thankful Thursday is a day set a part to recognize the importance of someone to our lives and to let her or him know of our gratitude. Develop and attitude of gratitude. Say Something Nice; Be a Lifter. You will be glad that you did.

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Thankful Thursday – Carol Carnell

On this Thankful Thursday and every day, I am thankful for my wonderful wife, Carol.  Of course, it will soon be Valentine’s Day and she is uppermost in my heart and on my mind. She gave me my life back.  Carol grew up in Huntington, West Virginia and attended Marshall University before moving to Charleston, SC. She graduated from what is now Charleston Southern and then obtained a Master’s degree from USC. She then went back to USC for thirty more. She taught at Brookland Cayce High School for many years before I came onto the scene. We were introduced by Germaine and John Carney. She bakes an out-of-this-world almond pound cake, which is off limits for us now and her macaroni and cheese is fantastic. She is the proud mother of Tawnya who is married to Chris Pike. After moving to Charleston, she taught at Morningside Middle School and finished her 28 year career at West Ashley High. She sings in the choir at First Baptist Church which she loves. I have made a traveler out of her and we both love cruises. Carol enjoys retirement better than anyone I know.  She is an excellent and hardnosed proofreader. On this Thankful Thursday, I thank God for bringing Carol into my life.

Thankful Thursday is a day set aside to recognize the importance of someone to our lives and to let her or him know of our gratitude. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Say Something Nice; Be a Lifter. You will be glad that you did.

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