I worked today with my 2 year olds and the big event is the Valentine's Day party on Friday. Each child has made a "mailbox" for his or her Valentines and they will exchange them Friday and have a little "special" snack to celebrate. We are also spending the week making heart shaped art projects to appease the parents.
I have to tell you...I hate this Holiday! Whether you have a significant other or not, Valentine's Day is just a stupid Holiday. One more reason to send a card, one more reason for the singletons out there to feel left out (as if New Years Eve is not bad enough) and one more reason to load up on cupcakes and sugar (OK maybe that is not so bad). The good thing about the age that I am teaching is that no one gets left out. Everyone still gets a Valentine from every child in the class. Now by the time you hit fourth grade this no longer happens but the innocence of youth is upon us and all the kids love each other (except when they want the same toy on the playground).
I did have a mom ask me today if I had any plans for the Valentine's weekend (when did it become a whole weekend) and I wanted to say "no my husband tells me he loves me every day not just once a year", but I did not. I swallowed my sarcasm and smiled and said no that we usually do not celebrate and never have. Just so you know; I do buy Valentines for my children. I am not that evil. I just do not think that we need another excuse to go out to dinner and buy flowers. Do it randomly and on a whim, it will mean so much more. And I felt like this even before the economy went to shit.
I love the candy hearts, I just hate the Holiday!