This has been a flashback week for me with the upcoming Valentines day and my daughter’s enthusiasm about making a valentine for each and everyone in her class. When the word “I want to make” comes out of her mouth, my brain immediately shifts to stress mode. Time, money, thought, energy and clean up. Can Hallmark just not come up with a pack of 40 valentines for kids for $5? Of course not. We’ve all identified this is a money-maker. I wish I had realized that when I was in school spending my dad’s money on Archie’s cards and gifts. Who the hell am I kidding. It was SO much fun. It is quite a different story now I have to spend my own money on this crap.
Well, let’s just take a deep breath and concentrate on why I like Valentines day so much. I’ve loved it ever since I was a kid and had no idea who the hell St. Valentine was. I still don’t. It did not really matter. I loved it because I had the chance of doing something special for a friend I loved, that I would not normally do under regular circumstances. I also loved receiving all the attention in response from my friends. I think it is a good thing. It makes us stop and do something special for someone we love. In these busy days and times, I think I am in favor of it more than I’ve ever been.
The deep-breath and deep-thoughts finally worked and I appreciated my daughter’s enthusiasm. But a line needed to be drawn and I was not agreeable to spending too much money or time, which meant we needed to be crafty, which also meant me freaking out a little. Okay, a lot. In my defense, we were talking about 35 valentines. Refer to the previous post in which I write about school projects. Yes, that much.
So a walk around Target provided the materials well within $15. Score! On my drive back home, I kept reminding myself that I should not over-think this or try to be too crafty. These would be in the hands of eight year olds and maybe in the trash by end of day or smeared with cupcake and was not worth my precious time. On coming home, I did what is the hardest thing to do for any control freaks such as me. I let go. I gave the stuff to my little girl and said she could do them however she wanted to. It took her almost 3 nights and towards the end she asked for my help and I acted per her instructions. But the end result just blew my mind and made me fall in love with her over and over again. She had hand written personal notes to each and everyone of her friends and put in so much thought to what colors they would like and what is it she liked best about each of them. It was worth resisting my urge to make them look pretty and fix things every step of the way. Because I don’t think I would have been able to make something so full of love.
This got me thinking. How great would it be to share some love with the folks I work with everyday. This was 9pm last night. We were out of valentines and I had no chocolates at home. It was time to think and get creative. I ransacked my pantry and found the perfect thing I could use – tea bags. And voila!
Beat that Pinterest!
Coming up Love: is online! (Part 2). I’m pretty sure you can’t wait for this one. 😉 😉 Much love to you all this Valentines Day. Now go watch some 50 Shades.