Meet Sandy. Sandy is a third grader with a problem. She is filling out Valentines for her class of 27 students. Counting her, there are 28. She has chosen monkeys so that the boys and the girls will like them. She is taping a heart shaped lollipop to each card so the students will have a treat and a Valentine to take home. She has thoguht of everyone. Especially Carl.
Oh, Carl. He is the cutest, sweetest, craziest boy in the whole school. Sandy has loved him from afar for almost 2 months now. Carl came to the school after Christmas break. He is new in town. All the other girls have tried to be his girlfriend, but he tells them that isn’t how they do things where he comes from. Sandy wants to impress Carl so much with her Valentine that he will make her his girlfriend.
She daydreams about him in Math class. “One plus two equals me and Carl”, she sighs to herself. She plans their small wedding on the beach. She will carry dandilions since there are so many growing in her front yard in the spring. That way she won’t have to buy flowers. She will wear that new dress mom bought her at the store. Mom said, “I don’t know when you will need this dress, but it is on such a great sale I can’t pass it up.” She will have her two best friends at her side, Mary Kate and Mary Sue. It will be the perfect wedding.
But first, she has to convince Carl that she is the one for him. She looks over the Valentines scattered on the dining room table. Which one will be for Carl? Should she write a special note on it? No way. She doesn’t want to be that obvious. She asks her older sister, Sara, which Sara would give to her boyfriend. Sara laughs and says she is a teenager and teenagers do not give out Valentines.
Sandy shakes off her sister’s mean and unhelpful comments. She must choose on her own. She stares at the Valentines for what must have been a hour. Mom yells, “Time for bed. You done with those Valentines?”
Sandy replies, “Almost.” She shoves them all in her bag for the commute to school the next day. All but one. On this one she adds another lollipop and writes on the front CARL in glitter glue. She sets it on the kitchen counter so she can grab it in the morning. It has to have time to dry.
The next morning is the big day. Sandy is so excited when she wakes up, she doesn’t even notice the three feet of snow outside and the fact that everyone else is still in bed. She hums as she dresses. Today will be the day she becomes Carl’s girlfriend. I will just have to ask her after she gives him the special Valentine she has made for him.
As she brished her teeth, a very irritated Sara comes in the bathroom. “What are you doing?” Sandy looks at her strange sister. “I am brushing my teeth.” “No,” Sara says, “What are you doing all dressed? School is canceled.”
Sandy rinsed her mouth out with mouthwash and heads stright to mom’s room where she finds dad and mom still asleep. She jumps on the bed and yells, “Is it true? Is school canceled on the best day of the year? Valentine’s Day?
Mom raises a weary head. “Yes, I’m afraid so. We got a lotof snow last night. Look outside. Isn’t it pretty?”
“No, it isn’t pretty. I am going to school anyway. I must deliver my Valentines.” Sandy went down to get her boots out of the hall closet. Mom arose with a grumble and followed her baby girl downstairs.
“I’m so sorry, but you are not going to be able to give out your Valentines today”, mom gives Sandy a hug and convinces Sandy that she can give out the Valentines another day.
Sandy goes up to her room and thinks of how wonderful it will be when the snow is gone and she can go to school and give Carl her Valentine for him and he will ask her to be his girlfriend. She plans her day around playing in the snow and sipping hot cocoa, and of course, dreaming of Carl.
School is canceled the rest of the week. Sandy is beside herself with grief. On the following Monday, Sandy knows this is going to be the best day of her life. She gathers all her Valentines and school supplies and skips to the school bus.
At the school, she skips to class humming “Dippity Do Da” and wondering if her wedding will be as grand as her cousin Tina’s was last summer.
Sandy sets at her seat and the class starts. Sandy notices the heart shaped boxes the students made for Valentines are all placed on a table against the back wall of the classroom. This is it. She could delviver her special Valentine and be Carl’s girlfriend today.
Sandy also notices there is a student missing. Oh. no. It’s Carl!
Sandy raises her had to ask where Carl could be when the teacher asks the students to please be quiet. The teacher tells the class that one of the students will no longer be coming to their school. Carl had moved away!
What? He had just moved here. The teachr explained that Carl’s dad is in the Army and their family moves quite often.
Sandy asks to be excused. She runs to the bathroom and throws the special Valentine in the trash. She will never get the wedding on the beach, holding the dandilion bouquet. She will not be able to wer the new dress. And most of all, she will not be Carl’s girlfriend. She is crushed.
Somehow, Sandy survived that retched day. Fast forward ten years. Sandy is now a freshman in the state college. She now loathes Valentine’s Day. She has grown into a very beautiful young woman who is constantly hassled by young men for dates. She refuses them all.
In walks a tall, very nice looking lad. He is new to the class. He has transferred in from another state. Sandy overhears two girls in front of her talk about the stranger. They say he there on a football scholarship. They say his name is…what? Carl!
Sandy stares at him as he takes his seat. She stares at him all during class. After the assignments are delivered and the teacher has left the room, Sandy is still staring at him. The young man politely asks her what her name is. She smiles and says, “I’m Sandra, but my frineds call me Sandy.” He smiles and says, “I know”.
He says, “You may not remember me, but my name is Carl.” Sandy remembers, but keeps quiet while he talks. “I was here this fall playing in a football game agains this school and saw you. Third cheerleader from the left. I thought you looked familiar. I asked around after the game and found out who you were. I was told you were an ice queen. You don’t seem that way right now.”
“It really is you, Carl. Really?” Sandy felt a tinge of disbelief.
“Yes, it is. and I have something for you.” Carl reached into his backpack and pulled out a very old looking piece of paper with a sucker dangling from a very old piece of tape.
He hands it to Sandy. She looks at it and sees it is a Valentine with “Sandy” written on the front of it with glitter glue and she smiles.
“I never got to give it to you.” Carl gets up to walk out of the room. Sandy shoots out of her chair, “No you don’t. You are not leaving me again!”
Fast forward ten years. Sandy sets the table for her family and places a Valenine she borrowed from one of her girls. She has written “Carl” on it with glitter glue. Her girls giggle as their dad sets to dinner and smiles at his Valentine. Then he pulls a Valentine out of his pocket and hands it to her. She smiles as she looks at the card and it’s glitter glue love message to her.