The other day my daughter Sydney, who is in the 2nd grade, brought home a note from her teacher. Each child needs to bring in Valentine’s Day cards for everyone in their class and a box that they decorate themselves so they have a place to put all their Valentine’s. She is so excited! She ran upstairs, grabbed the first shoebox she found and headed into the dining room with tissue paper, tape and scissors. When she had all that in place I took her to the store thinking we’d run in, pick up some Valentine’s and get home in time for me to start dinner. What was I thinking?! I didn’t realize that this was going to be the biggest decision of her life picking out what Valentine’s to give to the boys and girls in her class! After careful deliberation she decided on High School Musical and of course, Hannah Montana. With the hard part over, we headed home.
Well, I thought the hard part was over until we sat down at the table and she had to decide which Valentine to give to each child in her class. Of course you don’t want to give a “girl” card to a boy or vice versa – the world would end as we know it! After writing her name on the back of every card and addressing the envelopes with each child’s name in her class, she finally started decorating the shoebox. I helped her with cutting a hole in the top for the cards to slide in while she wrapped the box in pink, red and white tissue paper. Then with any extra cards she had she cut out words and pictures and glued them all over the box. It looked beautiful and she was so proud of her Valentine’s Day box.
Seeing all the planning and work that Sydney put into her Valentine’s for her classmates made me realize that Valentine’s Day is not just for loved ones and sweethearts, but for friends as well.