Tanner felt nervous.
He hugged his robot Valentine’s box tightly. Mom had helped him paint it yellow last night, and he had added sparkly stickers and funny eyes. Inside were cards for all the boys and girls in class.
Tanner looked at all the boys and girls in his class, safely, from the doorway.
“Well, hello, Tanner!” Mrs. Foreman called. “Come on in!” He could see her waving from her desk.
He held his box closer.
“It’s all right,” his teacher said. She stood and walked over to him. Bending, she looked at his eyes. “Would you like some help?”
Some of the children glanced over, including Ella. Tanner’s mom had helped him make a special card for Ella last night, too. It was a pink heart that said, “I love you.”
Mrs. Foreman smiled. “I’ll walk with you,” she offered. Together, they went to his seat. He set the yellow robot on his desk.
“All right, class!” Mrs. Foreman clapped. “Time to hand out Valentine’s!”
Quickly, the children pulled out all their cards. They began happily filling each other’s boxes.
Tanner pulled out the pink heart. As soon as no one was looking, he dropped it into Ella’s unicorn mailbox.
He still felt nervous, but also happy. He hoped she would like it.
(Entry for Susanna Leonard Hill’s Valentiny Contest.)