February 11, 2011 by staff 

Valentines, (UKPA) – zookeepers are preparing a special Valentine treat for a pair of love-struck gay monkey named Elton and David.

The male spider monkeys, which share an enclosure in the zoo at Drayton Manor Theme Park in Staffordshire, became a couple last March, said a spokeswoman for the park.

She added: “They gave their name after having started to go off together and tighten much Elton is the most dominant of the pair.”

Lacy as a snowflake, purple like the sunset and artsy like a painting in oil, are valentine’s beauty to behold.

Top Michigan valentines are the best. When big, wet snowflakes kiss coniferous trees and increasing the hours of daylight, just enough to make romantic blue shadows on white background; it is time to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

February 14th is a day to share the love. Yooper lovers have made this special day over the years by ice-skating hand in hand; share a quick kiss on the ice slope skiing or a hug in the fishing hut on ice.

Love remained the same but the valentines and notes have changed over the years.

By Gramma and Grandpa’s day, a store-bought valentine greeting card was something rare and special indeed. Chances are it was small and pretty, with flowers in relief or cute little cupid dolls. On the back of the card, in the most elegant cursive penship, a fountain pen wrote I love you!

When our parents were courting each other, cardboard boxes with heart-shaped chocolates were the popular things.

Then came the eventful years when every household has half-dozen or more children in them (I guess a lot of Cupid shooting arrows in the 60s). Valentine’s Day was for children. Most classrooms were about 30 children in their time. Each child wrote a Valentine card for each child in her class.

That took time. I can still taste the glue on envelopes mint as I have each signed and sealed. If we were lucky, we got a stick of gum or a small cup with candy to each card for our classmates.

As a child I loved everything about Valentine’s Day. Cutting pink hearts, flowers coloring and decorating shoeboxes for our precious maps was very fun. Cupcakes with cinnamon sprinkled on the hearts and little chocolate were a real treat.

Then came the decade of valentines stickers and fold-and-close. No envelopes were necessary.

Glitter, tattoos, holograms and pencils came with the next generation of valentines.

Adults gave gifts of jewelry, dinners by candlelight and fresh flowers. For their children, they gave chocolate, Beanie Babies, books and DVD’s

Today valentine messages will be sent a text message, e-mail and posted on Facebook. Lovely cards can be constructed and sent directly to your computer.

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