Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Amanda Atkins - NoFilter Valentine

In elementary school, I loved celebrating Valentine's Day. Everyone making their own mailbox and giving out tiny colorful envelopes with hearts and stickers inside is something that still thrills me today.

The way we first see love as children is my idea of unfiltered love. Valentine's Day is one of the first little celebrations of our understanding of love, and celebrating it at school paves the way for the belief that love is for everyone - our friends, our families, our community - and not just a significant other.

I am lucky enough to work in an elementary school and partake in this fun ritual. It's one of my favorite days of the school year. This picture of a happy city classroom was done in pen and watercolor.


  1. Aww!!! Love the colors! I miss the fun little parties we had in class on valentines day and halloween and such. I remember how excited I would feel. Although valentines day was sometimes a little stressful for me as a 'nerd' - everyone had to hand out valentines to everyone else, and sometimes a few people got special secret admirer ones and I never did!

  2. This is great. This was one of my favorite memories of grade school (that and the Halloween parade!) It saddens me that so many schools have done away with this tradition.


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