Roses are red but not for everyone. Valentine’s memories.

Roses are red, but not for everyone. Valentine's memories. swedish love affairWhen I was in high school, our Student Committee did this thing where the students could order roses to be sent to a classmate of their choice. So if Jerry liked Mona, he would buy her one or more roses. And Mona could buy a rose for Jerry, as well. Then, on Valentine’s Day, the Student’s Committee would march in to the classroom in the middle of a lesson and pompously announce who had gotten roses. When a student’s name was called out, that student got up and walked to the front of the class to get their rose. Most people got their name called once, but some had been given more than one rose and had to walk back and forth several times. It was a very lengthy procedure. Some people didn’t get a rose. They just had to sit for half an hour and watch others get them. To anyone not completely caught up by their own rose-receiving, the whole scene was pretty depressing.

Now I wish I would have bought roses for those I knew wouldn’t get any.

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8 Responses to Roses are red but not for everyone. Valentine’s memories.

  1. Dena says:

    Hey sweets, not sure if you went to school in Sweden but we had the exact situation in our school in Umea every year. Looking back I wonder how the school got away with it. I never forget the faces of those who got no roses.

  2. Det där hade vi också, fast dom som delade ut rosorna kom bara in i klassrummet och gav vissa rosor med tillhörande meddelanden. Jag brukade aldrig få någon :(

  3. Caty says:

    sv: Haha, ooh sovmask, hade jag ju inte ens tänkt på. Two in one!

  4. Martina says:

    Hi Antonia! I’m sorry I haven’t come to your blog till now, I know I’m a disaster but really didn’t get the time to visit you place calmly. Thank you so much for your comment, it really means a lot, even more now that I know it comes from the person who has built this blog. Your blog is sweet, with a high sense of taste and personality, it’s quite different from the blogs we’re all used to. I’m gonna spend some time exploring it but, for now, loved your words about those red roses. I don’t even like Valentine’s day because everybody craves for love, and all the stuff and spectacle about that day may hurt others…
    X Martina

  5. Leia says:

    We had a similar thing in our school, but people were never called up, we just received them all in class. Each rose came with a handwritten note. Luckily there was no one who didn’t receive a rose, because we sent them to all of our friends and the teachers sent them to some students as well (the money went to charity) so everyone got at least one rose :)

  6. jill says:

    We do this where I work, and it’s horrible every time! Most of us get flowers, but there are always some who don’t. I feel so bad for them. I’ve tried talking my boss into coming up with some other tradition, but he thinks it’s brilliant, and says that if I feel so bad about it, why don’t I buy roses for the ones who won’t receive any. Well, it’s a pretty big office and to buy flowers for everyone would just cost me too much.
    Maybe I’ll just call in sick on the 14th, and leave them to deal with it.

  7. Lotta says:

    We had that tradition, too, here in Switzerland….I sometimes got several roses and sometimes didn`t get any at all!
    Love Lotta

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