Ruby’s Valentine’s Day
By Debbie Day
Ruby was a stuffed bear who lived on the top shelf of the holiday aisle. Above her hung a banner with big letters: “VALENTINE’S DAY SALE.”
Every day, Ruby watched busy shoppers rummage through the shelves. “What’s Valentine’s Day all about anyway?” she wondered.
One morning, she was admiring the pink trim around her red fur. “I know!” she gasped. Looking around, she saw red balloons, pink ribbons, red wreaths, and pink roses.
“Valentine’s Day is about red and pink!”
Later, Ruby was inspecting the bag of gumballs attached to her tag. “Aha!” she squealed. Everywhere she turned there were lollypops, chocolate bars, and jellybeans.
“Valentine’s Day is about treats!”
The next day, Ruby was studying the silky heart stitched across her tummy. “Of course!” she exclaimed. All around her were heart-shaped boxes, heart lockets, and heart-covered cards.
“Valentine’s Day is about hearts!”
Just then, a young girl came by and began searching the shelves. She stopped when she spotted Ruby.
The girl bought Ruby and took her home to a small boy who’d been crying.
“Happy Valentine’s Day little brother!”
The boy examined Ruby’s soft red fur, silky heart, and bag of gumballs. He hugged her tight. “Thank you!” he smiled.
“Now I understand,” Ruby whispered.
“Valentine’s Day is about LOVE!”