After days and days of waiting, it was finally February 14th.
I was asleep in my bed, unaware that my mom had come in during the night and put out Valentine baskets.
Piper was asleep too, dreaming about teddy bears and balloons.
I rolled over and slowly opened my eyes- I saw the valentines! I had a little robot basket and a stuffed red panda. I sat straight up and cried "Piper! Wake up! It's Valentine's Day! We have valentines!"
Piper popped up and exclaimed "Yay! I've been waiting all night for Valentine's Day!"
On Piper's nightstand, there was a squirrel basket of valentines and a stuffed Giant Panda.
I tore right into my valentine basket. "This beautiful red heart is from my dear friend Sophie! Thank you Sophie!" (I spent the previous Valentine's Day with Sophie, who had been staying with me while she was attending the Lycee Francais in Manhattan.)
"I got a valentine from Sophie too! How sweet of her!" said Piper.
"My Little Pony? Girly city! This one must be from Katia, my friend in Ohio."
"My Little Ponies are awesome! They're for everyone, not just girls! Look, Katia even sent me my own purple, sparkly pony! She's such a sweet girl." Piper loved her new little purple friend.
"Piper! You're so silly. You didn't have to give me a valentine!" We had made valentines the weekend before. Of course, we each saved a valentine for the other.
"And this stuffed red panda is so cute! That must be what you bought me at the National Zoo gift shop!"
"Yup!" said Piper. "And you got me a Giant Panda! We're going to have to invest in bamboo- our pandas will keep us busy! Thank you for the cute valentine Inky, I really like the star pin."
Piper and Inky piled all our valentines onto my bed and admired them. Thank you to all our friends who so kindly sent valentines!
P.S. If you requested a valentine from me, they'll be in the mail very soon!