Child's first valentine warms parents' hearts


PORTSMOUTH — Do you remember the first time you made a valentine for someone? Grace Zamil sure does.

The 5-year-old local girl recently made this card (click to enlarge) for her parents, Jim and Cheryl Zamil, and mailed it from Portsmouth Nursery School, where she's a student. All the students at the school sent out cards.

Her proud daddy, who posted photos of the card on his Facebook page after it arrived in Tuesday's mail, said the valentine "warmed his heart."

The card's design also reminded him of something.

"I would always tease her and say, 'I love you this much,' with my thumb and pointer finger almost touching, and she would give me her sad puppy dog eyes and I would slowly open them up until my arms are spread out wide," he said. "We have been playing like that for a few years."

Did you get a great valentine from a young child this week? If so, please share a photo of it with us on our Facebook page here.

Happy Valentine's Day!


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A lifelong Portsmouth resident, Jim graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1982 and earned a journalism degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1986. He's worked two different stints at East Bay Newspapers, for a total of 18 years with the company so far. When not running all over town bringing you the news from Portsmouth, Jim listens to lots and lots and lots of music, watches obscure silent films from the '20s and usually has three books going at once. He also loves to cook crazy New Orleans dishes for his wife of 25 years, Michelle, and their two sons, Jake and Max.