Won’t You Be Mine



If there’s one that that annoys me, it is boxes of character driven Valentines.

Okay, so in the grand scheme of things, that’s actually not so bad. Still, whenever I thought of my children handing out Valentine’s to their classmates, I pictured handmade cards or heart shaped cookies or little heart crayons. I pictured paper lace doilies and rubber stamped hearts. I pictured piles of pink construction paper and hours of crafting fun.

I did not picture Star Wars and Hello Kitty.

And I certainly did not picture punching out slits and inserting pencils into a holographic photo of Tinkerbelle.

Oddly enough, that’s exactly what I’m doing today.

A week ago, I found a few brilliant homemade Valentine ideas. And by “brilliant”, I mean easy, cheap, and cute.

I was not prepared for Joseph’s insistence that all the boys in his class want Star Wars Valentines and all the girls wanted Fairies or Princesses. No matter how I tried to bargain, to cajole, to hype him up, he wouldn’t budge.

Joseph came home from school with a list of 32 classmates, alphabetized but not categorized by gender. Which makes deciding if Adrian is a girl or a boy somewhat difficult. And asking Joseph results in a shrug and “I don’t know Adrian.” Which then makes me question his observation and social skills as well as the effectiveness of 32 children in the classroom.

I finally caved and found myself standing in the pink and red festooned aisle of Kmart and buying characters.

I have a feeling it won’t be the last time.