The Valentine’s Day celebration is a chance for people to tell their loved ones how much they care about them.
One local woman has chosen to do just that in a unique and fun way.
Carol Palasack, of Mayflower, said growing up, she was a daddy’s girl "to the tee" and had a lot of tomboy-like tendencies.
In the past few years, though, Palasack said she’s grown closer and closer to her 89-year-old mother, Betty Ellenburger, through a shared hobby of theirs.
She said one day, years ago, she went to see her mother — who lives in an assisted living facility in Maumelle — because she asked if she would help her put together a poem about Valentine’s Day.
Palasack said she’d never witnessed her mother writing poetry before, so it surprised her.
The one-time experience, she said, led into something she and her mother began doing often… a hobby that popped up later in life for both of them.
“She’d have an idea and we’d just sit there and just crank out a poem,” Palasack said. “[I] can’t tell you how it happened, it just happened.”
She said her mother wrote about all kinds of topics including birthdays and holidays; her mom would have the ideas rolling around in her mind and together they’d work together to bring the poem to life.
“That’s how we did it,” Palasack said.
With Feb. 14 coming so soon, she said she wanted to submit the Valentine’s Day poem to be published as a surprise for her mother and to be able to take a moment in time so personal to both of them and share it with others, with hopes to bring happiness, love and peace to others on the special day.
The time they spent working on these poems, Palasack said, means a lot to her.
“It just makes me feel really closer to her,” she said.
Palasack said she’s looking forward to surprising her mother, who, selflessly, always puts everybody else before herself.
“I hope I’m doing the right thing,” she said, laughing. “I just wanted to do something special for her. That’s all I wanted to do.”
Palasack said she hopes the gift reminds her mother of the happy memories they shared writing the poems.
“I just wanted to say I love you in a special way and thought this could be it,” she said.
Palasack said she’s thankful her mother — who she described as intelligent, beautiful and strong — chose her to do this with her and show that side of herself.
“It just means a lot to me,” she said. “I hope it means as much to her as it did to me to do [that]. I hope this makes her happy. This is my tribute to her for Valentine’s Day.”