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My Heart Isn’t In It

I’m not a big fan of Valentine’s Day. I admit there’s a piece of me that harbors hopes of being surprised with dozens of roses, a fancy dinner, and gobs of chocolate, but such fantasies aside, I could do without the holiday altogether. What little respect I can muster up for the big day is purely about romance. As for making it a children’s celebration, bah humbug. So I was a bit put off to receive class lists for all of my kid’s classrooms the other day with the expectation that each child would prepare Valentine’s cards for every child in the room.When you take into account my three kids, that’s more than 60 Valentine’s I’m being asked to provide – not to mention the one for my husband. I don’t want my kids to feel left out, so I’ll do it. But I’ll do it reluctantly. I find it to be an imposition and if that makes me a cupid-scrooge, so be it. President’s Day, on the other hand, now there’s a holiday I can embrace. A Monday off of work and off of school…makes perfect sense to me.


  1. Anonymous February 12, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    I like the way you did not make Valentines Day the center of what they are learning. Most teachers would use this technique but to me it is the easy way out. Meaningful learning is the most important thing. All the children are not going to be into Valentines Day and it is not for everyone. Presidents Day sure is a holiday to celebrate! I am in college and studying Early Childhood Education. Thank you for your meaningful efforts for our children!

  2. Anonymous February 16, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    I also did not make Valentines Day a big deal in our household and I completely know what you mean about the schools assumptions that every kid would want to participate. As a mom of three small boys, only two of which old enough to participate in school activities, I was the one who ended up making up these traditional cards as my boys were completely uninterested in doing any of the prep work themselves. Since I didn’t want them to be left out at the school party, I ended up making these cards, signing their names and as a consequence, ended up not real excited about Valentines Day!

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