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My February 14th Valentine’s Day folder holds years of Valentine Day treasures. In 1998 I wrote variations of the “roses are red” poems for sisters, relatives, and friends. In 1996 I found a story about pistachios. Other years I made online Valentine cards and e-mailed them, and other years I wrote Valentine poetry.
I hope you enjoy my Valentine’s Day nostalgia. I’ll begin with a variation of “roses are red” written for all my friends—and offered to you, my readers, for whom I’m grateful.
Rose’s dozens are massive
Violet clumps are royalty
Our friendship’s not passive
We’ve lots of loyalty
On February 12, 1996, I was cleaning the bedroom and putting away laundry. When I put Monte’s jammies in his drawer I discovererd a package of pistachio nuts. Thinking I had stuck themthere a while ago and forgotten them, I took them and opened them, having a wonderful snack.
When Monte came in later I asked him if he wanted one.
“I can’t get away with anything,” he said. “ I never thought you would be in that drawer in these two days.”
- What queen loved pistachios so much she demanded the entire region’s pistachio harvest be set aside for her?
- What makes pistachio’s good nutrition?
- In Iran, pistachios are known as the ______________ nut. In China, it’s called the _______________ Pistachios are also known as the _______________
- Pistachios are one of the oldest flowering nut trees, and are one of the only two nuts mentioned in the Bible (Genesis 43:11). Humans have eaten pistachio nuts for at least _____ years.
(Answers at the end of this post…)
Roses are massive
Violets are miniscule
Don’t you be passive
Do good in school
And for my niece’s husband:
Roses are white
Violets are yellow
Just for tonight
Be a good fellow
What on earth can you write about my cousin, whose last name is Reebenacker?
Roses are eye pleasers,
Sugared violets, lipsmackers
Love hugs are squeezers
As are the Reebenackers
Written for my sister Nancy:
Roses are large
Violets are tiny
You aren’t a barge
But you are mighty
Violets are scarce
Roses are more
This familly’s not sparse
Rah,rah if your a Kilgore.
Now, the pistachio quiz answers:
- Perhaps a true royal nut, the Queen of Sheba loved pistachios. In fact, she demanded that the entire region’s pistachio harvest be set aside for her.
- Almost 90% of the fat found in pistachios is the healthy mono- and polyunsaturated fats. They are also a good source of fiber, providing 3 grams per serving—more than many types of whole fruit. You would have to eat two plums to get the same amount of fiber found in one serving of pistachios.
- Iran: “smiling nut” China: “happy nut” “green almond”
- 9000 years
More neat info on pistachios at http://www.pistachiohealthinstitute.org/consumer/about-pistachios/fun-facts/
ADDITIONAL VALENTINE’S DAY READING: