Love is in the air.
It’s Valentine month, heart health month, and it’s definitely the month for sweethearts and sweet hearts.
While generally writing about health and wellness, I always consider the joyful, fun side of being kind to our hearts. There is a sweet side to friendship, I think, that sparks that feel-good heartlight within.
It tends to show up on special occasions and holidays. Sometimes you feel you just may as well indulge in a little bit of sweet pleasure during those times.
Enjoy the gift of tradition: a beautiful homemade heart cookie, given by a longtime friend -- thinking of the time spent lovingly cutting out, baking, colorfully frosting it and transporting it to you.
Bite into and savor a luscious piece of chocolate, made with the finest ingredients by your favorite hometown chocolatier – in my case, Sweet Sensations in Fowlerville. I don’t get there often enough.
And, by all means, have some fun with candy hearts. Do you love candy hearts? XOXOXO?
Time to take a look back at a column I wrote for the Fowlerville News & Views Feb. 15, 1999 issue about candy hearts. Not a lot has changed since then, re these pastel confection collections, except maybe the sayings or flavors. We’ll see. Here’s the retro look:
Candy Hearts (1999)
By Susan Parcheta (from N&V column: Living…Happier, healthier, longer and better)
Here we are in the middle of Valentine month. Did you give or get any candy hearts? You know, the ones with all the cute sayings: “Be Mine” – “Kiss Me” –“Hey Dude.”
Necco Confectionary Company started it all back in 1901. Now a few billion each year find their way into our Valentine celebrations. Somehow, it doesn’t seem like February without a few candy hearts around. While visiting friends last week, I was delighted to spot a dish of candy hearts – in sherbet colors -- on the kitchen counter.
The inscriptions, they say, change with the times. A popular one nowadays is “Fax Me.” This year, I saw “My Love” – “Your Guy” – “Kid You” – “Only Me – “Love Me” – “Good Time” – “Forever” … among others.
Candy hearts are for the young, you say? A Greek proverb affirms: “The heart that loves is always young.”