- Valentine's Day prompts Val Lauder to recall a family memory.
- It began with the pasting together of homemade Valentines
Val Lauder, a former reporter for the Chicago Daily News and lecturer at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is the author of "The Back Page: The Personal Face of History." The opinions expressed in this commentary are hers.
(CNN)With all due apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning, I had never heard of her that Saturday morning before Valentine's Day. No disrespect, or disregard for English literature. I was 7. Or would be in two weeks.