Stories to entertain. Stories to educate. Stories to delight young and old. Stories to share with loved ones. Here is a collection short stories and poems. They are meant to entertain and delight children of all ages. Their educational value is an asset for primary school teachers in the pedagogical aspect of their lesson preparation. They will offer parents and grandparents an opportunity to share precious moments with their loved ones.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Her Valentine

A Valentine of hearts and lace,
         Forget-me-nots and cherub face;
The words, “ I love you” done in gold;
         A valentine full threescore old!
Her patchwork now is wet with tears:
         “No valentine for sixty years! ”
No valentine? Now think awhile, --

         The work-stained hands, the cheery smile;
The wood box that he fills each night
To keep her kitchen warm and bright;
The lilac planted by the gate;
         The Sharon rose that blossoms late;
The new step for the cellar stair ---
         She need no longer stumble there;

The green sod on the little mound,
         Where sleeping peacefully and sound,
Their first-born unforgotten lies,
         He waters it with tender sighs,
With valentines her life runs o’er,
         What woman’s heart could ask for more?
His service –more than words could say –
         Gives valentines from day to day.
She needs no letter done in gold:
         His deeds speak messages untold.

                  By Minnie Bender   
        in      The Farmer’s Wife

The Farmer's Wife was first published in 1893, and had a circulation of 3,000 a month. In 1897, the Webb Publishing Company in St. Paul, Minnesota bought this magazine, and from that point they raised the circulation rate through the early 20th century decades to 1,100,000 a year. In mid-1939 The Farmer's Wife was bought by Farm Journal, and became a subsection in the back of this magazine.