We bought Kyle's Valentine cards for his class party over the weekend, and he immediately went to work addressing them. His particular box of Starburst cards had 3 varieties. I noticed him going through them and picking who got what card, particularly focusing on the "Be My Friend? Sweet!" ones, and musing aloud** to himself, "Hmmm. Who in my class isn't my friend yet?"
I myself remember doing that, and discussing it with friends. There was always a card that could be interpreted as sort of mean that we'd give to the annoying boys in the class. Conversely, there were cards that we could hide hand-written hearts on that had messages that if read closely would indicate our secret crushes.
When we were perusing the aisles looking for the cards, all of the candy reminded me of the primo Valentine's Gift that I always hoped I would find awaiting me on my desk from some secret (or named!) admirer: the giant Hershey's Kiss. I never got one. I still don't think that I've ever gotten one.
I like Valentine's Day, and generally I'm all about the whole "my marriage is as/more important than my relationship with my kids" mentality, but for some reason Valentine's Day brings out the mushy mom in me. Maybe it's because my man is not much of a gift/holiday sort of guy and my kids are. I'm not sure why, but I'm glad for the opportunity to be able to let them know how much I love them (the kids AND the man).
I will probably prepare a special Valentine's Day family dinner along the lines of the one for which I posted the menu in 2007.
Do you celebrate Valentine's Day? Do you expect gifts, dinner, flowers? Do you buy gifts and cards for others?
**Footnote: Most of his musings are aloud. A lot of sound comes out of his little body, not always in sound volume but amount volume.