The best Valentine gift! There are many deserving finalists for that accolade. While each Valentine gift given from the heart becomes a cherished and beloved best, only one that I know of was compelling enough for me to write this. I chanced upon an extra-special Valentine gift while interviewing Loudette Zaragosa Banson several years ago. Her 2004 Valentine’s gift from her husband, Jan-B, is a gift that continues giving ,even now, 18 years after she received it. This is the rather remarkable story of her rather remarkable “best Valentine gift ever!”
I was barely six years old when I entered the gates of Assumption Herran. Led by the protective hands of my parents who turned me over to hands so foreign to the touch. I recall looking at my parents who calmly said: “we are just here. Do not be afraid.”
As a child I was instructed to call the lady who received my hands “mother”. Dressed with a veil and violet-colored long gown, the “mother” would later be referred to as my Mistress of Class. But to us, she was known as Mother Paz.