Not One 2.14.21
Jerry Beebe


Please let me share with you this week my favorite Valentine Story.  It’s about a little boy named Chad who was a shy and quiet lad.  His family had recently relocated to a new community and Chad was having a hard time making friends and adjusting to his new school.

It was almost Valentines Day and Chad told his Mom he’d like to make a Valentine for everyone in his class.  Her heart sank and she thought, “I wish he wouldn’t do that.   He won’t receive any and will be very disappointed.”   After all, she had watched the kids ignore him and how he always seemed to be left out.  They laughed and played but he was never included.

She decided to go along with his wishes so purchased paper, glue and crayons.  For weeks, night after night, Chad painstakingly made 35 Valentine Cards for each of his classmates.   When Feb 14 came, Chad was beside himself with excitement.

His Mom decided to bake him his favorite cookies that day and have them and a glass of milk ready for him when he came home from school.   She knew he would be disappointed and maybe that would ease the pain a bit.  It hurt to think her son wouldn’t get many Valentines – maybe none at all.

That afternoon the kids came walking down the road, and as usual Chad was in the rear and his hands were empty.  She fully expected him to burst into tears as soon as he go inside.   She greeted him and told him about the milk and cookies.  To her surprise, he marched by her, his face glowing and all he could say is; “Not one, not one – I didn’t forget a single one – not a one!”

That, my friend, is what love looks like!