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Valentine's Day can touch many

Experts say Valentine's Day can be what you want it to be.
by Heather Warlick Published: February 12, 2013
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Valentine's Day is a special day for Cheri Smith and the other women and girls in her family.

It's her husband of 37 years, Dave Smith, 63, who makes Valentine's Day memorable. He buys heart-shape candy boxes for all the women he loves, not just his wife.

“He buys my mom and his mom, his widowed sister, our daughters and granddaughter hearts, too,” Cheri, a 56-year-old homemaker, wrote on Facebook.

“I can't explain how much it means to them. It makes me feel so blessed, too. It's not the candy, flowers or cards, it's being thought of and remembered.

“The last time he got my mom a heart, she cried. My father had passed away and that gesture meant so much to her,” Smith, who lives in Victoria with her husband, said.

The expression of valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written valentines didn't begin to appear until after 1400, according to history.com.

The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London.

Writing in Psychology Today, Bill Doherty, a professor of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota and a marriage and family therapist, indicated Valentine's Day traditions may not be a bad thing.

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by Heather Warlick
Life & Style Editor
Since graduating from University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Staff Writer Heather Warlick has written stories for The Oklahoman's Life section. Her beats have included science, health, home and garden, family,...
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