Valentine’s Rant

Valentine’s Day is not at the top of my list of favorite holidays. Its saccharine commercialism turns my cynical stomach. Besides, I’m a middle school teacher, and we middle school teachers KNOW that it is best to avoid all references to romantic love of any kind!

So. I forgot all about Valentine’s Day. Which is not good when you have kids in elementary school. In case you didn’t know, there is an unwritten rule that says that all elementary school-aged children must bring every classmate a special valentine – preferably with candy attached.

This day started as usual – with me waking Anne up early to get ready to catch the bus. Anne’s first words to me were, “Happy Valentine’s Day, Mommy!” This is from the girl who struggles with memory and knowing the days of the week. She confuses “yesterday” and “tomorrow” on a regular basis. But she knew it was Valentine’s Day. She then asked to wear her “love” shirt to school. “You know the one, Mommy – the blue shirt with L-O-V-E spelled out with arrows!!” Really? Who knew Anne loved Valentine’s Day so much?!

I felt like a total mom-failure when I realized that I would be sending my Valentine-loving-Anne to school with NO VALENTINES. How does this happen? How do I forget a MAJOR HOLIDAY?! Anne’s sister, Kate, was not happy with me when she realized that she would be hand-writing each Valentine on note cards on the way to school. No fancy-schmancy store-bought cards for the Jackson girls. It’s hand-written or nothing!

Oh… In case I forget,  Happy Valentine’s Day ;)

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Silly Jackson Girls

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2 thoughts on “Valentine’s Rant

  1. Lu says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day, Mom.
    Well, you blew it and lived, grin. THAT is saying a lot.
    YOU are love-in-action, so I wouldn’t worry too much about paper and ink.
    And Kate, those were probably the best cards your friends got….the kind that when they are old and gray someone will discover it tucked in their wallet and they’ll smile and say: “Yup, that was a stellar day. Someone cared enough to WRITE me a Valentine, not buy it. I keep it as a reminder to stay real”.
    Love you all Bunches, loads and lots, grin….and yup, those prayer-songs are still flowing!

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