The halls of Seton Catholic School in Moline have been buzzing this week ahead of Valentine’s Day.
“It’s a day you get Valentines and give Valentines, so it’s kind of like Christmas,” said Josie, a 3rd grader. “You give and get!”
When asked about love, Josie and her classmates shared something in common– all of them told News 8 that Valentine’s Day is a day to love one’s family and tell them that.
That’s the same sentiment shared across the river at Davenport’s Center for Active Seniors by Betty Sulouff, who is now in her 80s.
“Valentine’s Day– you think about those who you love,” Sulouff told News 8. “Your family, your friends, friends from 40, 50 years ago. It makes you conscious of being kind to everybody and really loving everybody.”
Betty and her boyfriend of two years, 85-year-old Pete Beitzel, said they found love again together and never expected it.
“It’s been a long time since I had a Valentine,” Beitzel said. “My wife died years ago, so I found a new Valentine and I’m back in love again. That’s all that counts to me.”
And when asked about what Pete specifically loves about Betty?
“Everything,” he said. “Everything. I give her all my love and we have more fun than any 10 people.”
“I know we do,” she laughed.
For more with Pete and Betty, watch this WQAD.com bonus video: