Monday, February 15, 2016

St. Valentine's Day Maxine Scene

I meant to write this post for Valentine's Day, but have to admit that I completely forgot.  Even reading all of the Valentine wishes on Facebook did not jar my memory to put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard, to write this piece.  So, using the cliche, "Better late than never,"  I will write it today.

My sister and I were sorting family pictures last November (Yes, I have been waiting since November to write this! How could I have forgotten!) we came across a Valentine that my mother had made for my father.  It looks like she took a doily and sewed it onto a piece of thick paper. She had typed an endearing poem that she had written, just for my dad.

Anyone who knew my parents knows that my father thought my mother was the sweetest, funniest, prettiest and most wonderful woman in the world.  I have written a number of posts that support this. I will list them at the bottom for any who may want to read some.  Maxine, my mother, was a one of a kind character and my dad, Mort, loved her unconditionally with his whole she did him.  I was so fortunate to have Maxine and Mort as role models.

Here is the Valentine Maxine wrote to Mort!  It shows her true personality.  It may sound a bit self centered...but she really knew my dad, and this is just what he would have wanted.

I will type the poem in case it is difficult to read from the picture.

Roses are red, violets are blue
I wracked my brain for what to give you.
Then my mind drifted to something for me,
Things made of wood, real pretty to see.
So I thought I would buy a real handy tool
So you can make me things really cool.
Not knowing what tool you need the most
I'm giving you money---so then I can boast
About all the nice things you're making for me
'Cause your'e my Valentine and I love thee!

She knew my dad.  He did like to spend time in his workshop, especially working with wood.  I am sure he made her something special with whatever tool he bought.  It probably had a butterfly theme. Yes, there was only one Maxine, but there was only one Mort, too.  I think it is time to write a series about how they met, not quite the classic as War and Peace...but pretty close.

Mort and Mack still holding hands!

Fun Maxine stories!
Maxine Overdrive
Maxine Overdrive Sequel
Attack of the Bumble Bees  Oh how brave my dad was!!!
If the Shoe Fits  Oh how patient my dad was!!!!
Dogged Determination


  1. What a beautiful memory. Having read many of your posts about Maxine I know what a special and thoughtful person she was. Giving a gift that someone wants and would appreciate shows how well that person is known and loved.

  2. I'm glad you went ahead and shared when you remembered, rather than waiting until NEXT February! They do seem like quite the example of a couple.

  3. Love that voice of Maxine! What a wonderful couple to have as a model for what love looks like. You were a lucky little girl!

  4. I loved this! It made me remember a valentine I found that my father gave my mother years ago. What a great idea for showing the love of your parents. I too am glad you decided not to wait.

  5. How sweet and how special for you to find this treasure. It sounds like your parents gave you much to smile about.

  6. What treasures to have -- A picture, a story and your parents, who sound wonderful!