mine. be mine!

February 14, 2014 | 6:38 pm

I was trying to sleuth out some info about my stepdad which entailed digging into some poorly labeled (by me) boxes in my closet. I came across a box marked “letters”, and instead of them being John’s and providing information about a key relative’s whereabouts, the letters were mine.

And of course that killed my industrious night, as the letters were from various people to a very young me and were very entertaining.

Little did I know I was going to have to keep sleuthing, because in that box I found these:


Tiny envelopes addressed in my childish handwriting. And inside the envelopes:



But why were they totally addressed but never sent? And why all boys (except maybe for Chris?)

I looked carefully at the names. Rusty was the only standout, there was only one Rusty, the Rusty of the Day School I attended in Phoenix during grades 4-6. Okay, but still: why are these in my keep?

Then I remembered. This is the most likely and most adorable explanation: When I was 9, my mom was preparing to travel from our home in Arizona to my sister Lisa’s family home in Massachusetts in anticipation of the birth of Lisa’s second child, Sarah. I was to stay home with dad, but just before mom’s trip, dad’s father died. Since dad had to travel to California, I went with mom to the east coast.

After a few days of mom and Lisa helping me with fractions and state capitals, and my small nephew making me feel utterly omnipotent and adored, my niece Sarah was born — on February 11.

Hence the never-distributed valentines — I was far and away, getting to hold my tiny sweet little niecey.

Still can’t figure out why all boys, though, except that I was and continue to be boy crazy beyond belief.

Now, here’s something fun! Guess the answers to these riddles. All are absolutely hilarious, at least to the intended audience. Highlight the text under each to reveal the answer.


Answer (highlight this line to reveal): In February, because it’s the shortest month!


Answer (highlight this line to reveal): It has a head on one side and a tail on the other.


Answer (highlight this line to reveal): None.


Answer (highlight this line to reveal): Your comb.


Answer (highlight this line to reveal): It’s all right, but a sidewalk is better.


Answer (highlight this line to reveal): When he’s a-blinkin’!

4 Responses to “mine. be mine!”

  1. Tristy says:


  2. Katherine says:

    What a treasure to find! Thanks for sharing on Valentine’s Day! Will you be mine?

  3. Tamar says:

    That’s great! When did riddles go out of style?

  4. Jeana says: