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Happy Valentine’s Day February 14, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, People.

Wikipedia ~ Valentine

Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Do you say “I Love You” with lush bouquets of fragrant flowers?

With Big Red Hearts filled with Chocolate?

With love poems overflowing with sweet nothings?

With handmade cards and intricate lace doilies?

With fine wine and shiny baubles?

By going out to paint the town red?

With an intimate dinner for two beside a crackling fire?

* * *

Have you ever sent or received a Vinegar Valentine?  

These insulting cards, decorated with unflattering caricatures of floozies, spinsters, and sleazy dudes, counterbalanced the saccharin sweetness of the early 1900’s.

Wikipedia ~ Vinegar Valentine

Vinegar Valentines gave jilted lovers a chance to exact sweet & sour revenge on the now displaced object of affection:

Roses are red
You are sleazy
Seeing you smile
Makes me queasy

Roses are red
Daisies are yellow
I’m glad you are
No longer my fellow

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Stop calling me up
I’ve had it with you

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Dad was born on Valentine’s Day in 1928.  He would have been 86 today:

In 1928, on a cold February morn, at the home of a Vermont neighbor
Mary Helen Hatch was about to give birth ~ she had definitely gone into labor
Instead of arriving the “usual” way, in a hospital room filled with flowers
My dad arrived on Valentine’s Day, at the home of a Mrs. Bowers


As kids, we loved finding him a combined Valentine’s Birthday Card.  We also loved sharing his C~A~K~E!

Happy Birthday, Dad!

* * *

Mickey-and-Minnie-kissDo you know any Valentine Babies?  


How about Valentine’s Babes?

Aah . . . that’s better!


1. suzicate - February 14, 2014

Your dad was a Valentines baby, what a gift of love.
Those vinegar valentine verses are too funny.

nrhatch - February 14, 2014

Vinegar Valentine’s counterbalance the sweetness of the day! Do you remember the “piss and vinegar” valentine I wrote for you to give Dirt Man?

Roses are red
When I’m “pissy” . . . I feel blue
So keep doe pee out of the closet
Or . . . no hugs and kisses for you


2. Rainee - February 14, 2014

We returned the ‘sleep’ equipment and went out for coffee and cake. I had beetroot cake (very yummy) and my husband had a muffin as we looked out over the Indian Ocean :-).
PS My former husband’s name was Hatchwell!

nrhatch - February 14, 2014

BFF and I just split a mini valentine’s cupcake ~ SWEET!

Hope you get good results from the sleep study. And thanks for sharing. I’ve never met a Hatchwell. But I’ve seen a few nuthatches! 😉

3. Pix Under the Oaks - February 14, 2014

Your Dad was born on Valentine’s Day!!! Cool! I bet you did love sharing his CAKE!!!
CH and I don’t do Valentine’s Day stuff anymore. I never could get into that holiday. But it is a great excuse to eat chocolate.. 😀
Happy Valentine’s Day to you and BFF!
Dang the weather looks beautiful down your way.. 😎

nrhatch - February 14, 2014

We got such a kick out of his Valentine’s Day Birth Day. One year, my mom hid the cake and told my older brother (about 2) NOT to share it’s location with dad.

The minute dad got home from work, Jamie squealed and pointed at the hiding place, “Cake in ‘ere. Cake in ‘ere.”

Hope you and CH have a warm and wonderful day . . . with chocolate!

4. anotherday2paradise - February 14, 2014

Lovely photo of your handsome dad! I think it must be wonderful to have a Valentine birthday in the family. 🙂 My grandson missed it by one day, because my DiL chose not to have him arrive on the 14th. 😦 I never heard of Vinegar Valentines before, but they sound like a great idea. Going to a Valentine’s dinner dance this evening.

nrhatch - February 14, 2014

Thanks! I found that photo in the letters dad wrote home from Korea just after WWII. Enjoy your dinner dance!

5. jannatwrites - February 14, 2014

How cool he was a Valentine’s baby! What a sweet post to remember him. I’ve never heard of vinegar valentines but it’s not something I would do I’d rather just ignore the person instead of giving them the satisfaction of knowing they got under my skin. (I’m stubborn that way!)

I don’t celebrate the day. We’ll have dinner and then do some yard work before it gets dark. Then tomorrow, I’ll see if we can get some chocolate on sale 🙂

nrhatch - February 14, 2014

Yes! Chocolate the day AFTER tastes just as SWEET. We are pretty low key about most holidays ~ I did get a bouquet of yellow and purple daisies from BFF. He got a mini cupcake from me. 😀

6. katecrimmins - February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine’s Day!

nrhatch - February 14, 2014

Thanks, Kate! We’re enjoying the day. May hit an Art Reception tonight . . . and then hit the chocolate!

katecrimmins - February 14, 2014


7. ericjbaker - February 14, 2014

Valentine babies, no. Valentine babes… I know plenty of potential ones, though my current Valentine makes sure that that potential goes unfulfilled.


nrhatch - February 14, 2014

Current Valentine’s tend to frown on the potential of other future valentine’s. Hope you find some Valentine Cupcakes in your future. (Take a tip from me and Janna: shop the day AFTER). 😉

8. Don - February 14, 2014

Great photo of your Dad Nancy. Must be quite something to be born on Valentine’s day. Enjoy the loving memory of him.

nrhatch - February 14, 2014

I always thought it was a cool birthday to have ~ much better than Christmas when you might get ALL your presents for the year on a single day.

And mom always made his birthday cakes special with HEARTS.

9. sufilight - February 14, 2014

How cool to be born on a day when love is celebrated!

Happy Valentine’s Day, Nancy! I am already munching on the box of chocolates I received from my sweetie. 😀

nrhatch - February 14, 2014

Yay! I’m glad your sweetie hit you with the “good stuff.” We’ve been cutting back on sweets . . . but CHOCOLATE will always have a place in my heart and home.

We found dad’s birth day to be super special ~ two reasons to celebrate one special day.

10. shreejacob - February 14, 2014

Hope you have / had a wonderful day, Nancy! Never really celebrated Valentine’s day before…lol.
and nope…don’t know any V-day babes or babies.. 😉

nrhatch - February 14, 2014

Hi Shree! Hope you’ve been enjoying your blogging break. The best way to celebrate Valentine’s Day is with . . . CHOCOLATE.

11. Behind the Story - February 15, 2014

I love those insulting cards. Very funny. Happy birthday to your dad. Was he a photographer?

nrhatch - February 15, 2014

Photography was one of his life long hobbies, Nicki. We had a darkroom in the house where dad taught us to develop and enlarge our own prints. I prefer the ease of digital. 😉

12. bluebee - February 15, 2014

We don’t do the Valentines thing. What did your dad do for a living? That a fascinating piece of equipment he’s operating there.

nrhatch - February 15, 2014

Dad was a department head at Bell Laboratories. Early in his career as an engineer, he coordinated the satellite acquisition for Telstar:


That piece of equipment is an enlarger that he used in South Korea to enlarge prints for his work with Army Intelligence.

13. kateshrewsday - February 15, 2014

Well, that was a very happy Valentine’s day, Nancy. What a lovely beginning for your Dad. Auspicious indeed 🙂

nrhatch - February 15, 2014

Dad had a full and fulfilling life, overflowing with hobbies and interests, and peppered with accomplishments of note ~ sailing, genealogy, photography, hiking, gardening, electronics, woodworking, coins, stamps, travel, ham radio, canoeing, reading, playing sax, etc.

May we all say the same when our time here is done.

14. Booksphotographsandartwork - February 16, 2014

I can think of a few people who need a vinegar valentine! Love that your dad was born on Valentine’s Day. That would be the best gift ever!

nrhatch - February 16, 2014

Good gift . . . but hard work. When my aunt was born 2 years later, my grandmother decided to go to the hospital for the delivery.

I only delivered one Valentine this year . . . to BFF. It was NOT a Vinegar Valentine.

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