Amy Rees Anderson

“Not a One!” on Valentine’s Day

Tonight I went with a group of young women who decided to spread a little Valentines love by heart-attacking some of the neighbors front doors.  For those of you who don’t know what a heart-attack is, it is when you take a bunch of cute construction paper cut out hearts and stick them all over someone’s front door, or school locker, or car, or whatever.  It’s a really cute way to let someone know that they are loved and appreciated.  Spreading appreciation is such a great way to feel happy! 

The story below is a great illustration of that:

Not a One!                    (by: Dale Galloway, Chicken Soup for the Soul)
Little Chad was a shy, quiet young man. One day he came home and told his mother that he’d like to make a valentine for everyone in his class. Her heart sank. She thought, “I wish he wouldn’t do that!” because she had watched the children when they walked home from school. Her Chad was always behind them. They laughed and hung on to each other and talked to each other. But Chad was never included. Nevertheless, she decided she would go along with her son. So she purchased the paper and glue and crayons. For three weeks, night after night, Chad painstakingly made 35 valentines.

Valentine’s Day dawned, and Chad was beside himself with excitement. He carefully stacked them up, put them in a bag, and bolted out the door. His mother decided to bake him his favorite cookies and serve them nice and warm with a cool glass of milk when he came home from school. She just knew he would be disappointed and maybe that would ease the pain a little. It hurt her to think that he wouldn’t get many valentines – maybe none at all.

That afternoon she had the cookies and milk on the table. When she heard the children outside, she looked out the window. Sure enough, there they came, laughing and having the best time. And, as always, there was Chad in the rear. He walked a little faster than usual. She fully expected him to burst into tears as soon as he got inside. His arms were empty, she noticed, and when the door opened she choked back the tears.

“Honey, I have some cookies and milk for you,” she said. But he hardly heard her words. He just marched right on by, his face glowing, and all he could say was: “Not a one. Not a one.” His mother’s heart sank at first, but then she noticed the huge smile on his face as he added, “I didn’t forget a one, not a single one!”    ———-—-

I love that story!  Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day so make sure that you don’t forget to spread the love and appreciation – and don’t forget a single one!  Go out of your way to spread love and kindness to everyone you can tomorrow, and pay special attention to those who might be in a situation where they don’t have someone in their life to tell them Happy Valentines – go out of your way to make their day better! It will make your day a million times happier!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!  I hope all of you have an amazing day full of love and appreciation.  And please know how much I appreciate all of you and the support and kindness you show to me.  I feel incredibly blessed to have so many great people in my life so THANK YOU!  You are AMAZING and GORGEOUS and WONDERFUL and FABULOUS!






  • Chad Thompson says:

    The story is fairly close to true. As we know when stories are told and retold they tend to change. The story above is about me in Virginia in 1977. It’s true that I forgot no one and I was happy about that but the true ending was the feeling of rejection from my classmates (I had just moved there) and political correctness was not the law of the land at that time. I came back to my box after passing all of the valentines and cautiously opened it and there was nothing. That day changed me significantly. I learned how people can be marginalized and invisible. I think that day pointed me in the direction of the helping profession. Today Little Chad is a psychotherapist in Sacramento CA and I advocate for those who are invisible in the world. Just like I was 36 years ago.

    • tarun says:

      Chad Thompson….. god loves the one’s who love the world, no mater if the world realizes them…. u r a good heart, god bless u , u dont need anyone to care for u or love u, because ur love to all people u know keeps u happy

  • tarun says:

    god loves u, u r a good human, n u dont need the attention of this world as ur love for all keeps u happy..

  • Bonnie says:

    I heard this story on the radio today on Insight For Living with Charles Swindoll. It brought tears to my eyes as it reminded me of me in the 3rd grade. Today, I always try to reach out to the down and outers and let them feel loved.

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