To all the parents who send cards and gift bags to school for my kids on Valentines Day, thank you. I know the time and effort you put into those cards and if you send them, gift bags, take. Pouring over the lists, sitting with your kids making sure they’re spelling the names right, making sure no one was forgotten.
My kids are older now and Valentines Day has morphed from excitement to downright dismissal of the day. I miss the excitement of a grade 2 kid coming home with a box full of Valentines Day cards and treats.
To the parents that put together the gift bags on Valentines Day, I know that you spent a lot of time, money and effort into those little bags, and my kids always loved them. Although I have to admit, we need to come together as a community and stop the Valentines Day pencils. I try to remember every Valentines Day that it wasn’t a gift for me and that it was a gift from your child to mine. Forgive me in July though when I’m super irritated when those stupid Valentines Day pencils are still floating around the house. You understand though, you’ll have them too.
My kids won’t be the kids sending gift bags with goodies to school on Valentines Day, and I’m sorry to the parents who send gift bags that your generosity won’t be reciprocated. You get it though, you’re a parent too. You know we have to pick and chose how we allocate the tiny amount of hours we get to pull life together for our families. For my kids, sending the Valentines Day cards with the perforated lines is what they’ll be giving out. If I manage to get organized early enough, they might even be the fancy ones with the holograms, though I highly doubt it since I just realized Valentines Day is only a few days away.
The great thing about kids is that they don’t really notice who sent gift bags and who sent in just a card. These are things parents worry about. If your kids are like mine they come home and dump the bag of Valentines Day cards and treats. They’ll re-read the cards from their friends and sort the pencils and eat the candy not noticing who gave what. Kids are cool like that. It’s the parents who will sit back and think, “who has time for that?” and “how much did that cost?” and my favourite “why can’t we do things like we did in the olden days?” I have to admit I’ve wondered who has the time to make these little bags, but then I realized that was pretty judgy of me.
These little Valentines Day traditions aren’t for us adults, they’re for kids and we often forget that kids are little for such a short period of time.
So I’d like to thank all the parents in my kids classes for the cards and for the treats. You’ve been a part of making my kids Valentines Day really fun and there’s nothing more I can think of that really shows the meaning of Valentines Day, to make someone feel special. ♥️