Tuesday, February 13, 2007


Both of my children have seperate Valentine's Day parties tomorrow.

I purchased the valentines a few weeks ago. I think they have already lost most of them. So much for planning ahead.

Maybe it was only the brand of valentines I purchased, but I noticed there were no envelopes in the box. The "to" and "from" that are written on the valentine must be sufficient for today's children. I preferred the envelopes myself. It is probably another way to get the consumer to pay more for less.

My daughter actually has a list of her classmate's names. In former years, teachers have instructed my children to put their names after "from" but not to address the valentine to anyone specific.

I know this is done so that the dorky kid in the class gets as many valentines as the popular kid. However, it defeats the purpose of giving them out. At least that's my opinion.

Does anybody else remember that half the fun was picking out which valentine to give to which friend? Would the boy that you had a crush on get it when you gave him a valentine that said, "I'm hooked on you"?

I think not letting the kids fill out the "to" line takes out the majority of the fun.

Oh, and for the record, I was the dorky kid and I don't remember having a shortage of valentines.
Another relic of V-days past is the box we made at home for receiving our valentines.

Did anybody else do this? My favorite one was the pretend mailbox made out of half an oatmeal box and wrapped in tinfoil.

We could be as creative as we wanted.

Now the children make a heart-shaped envelope in class. Everybodys is the same.

Cecil was my shadow this morning.

When I showered and dried my hair, he was in the bathroom. Every time I walked out of the bathroom to grab some make-up he came after me.

Then he followed me back in, flopped in his bed and starting snoring contentedly.

Isn't it amazing what a dog will do for some water and kibble and the occasional belly rub or game of ball?

It's rather humbling when you think about it.


Anonymous mad rabbit said...

Our Valentines envelopes had to be made in class but we had some different types. Until I was out of elementary school it was expected that each child in the class would be given a Valentine or nobody would, but you could sure tell who the popular kids were by the size of their Hearts. Ahhhhh I guess some things never change.

2:16 PM  
Blogger Gingers Mom said...

I loved V day as a kid. That does suck that you can't fill the names out. My kids were instructed to do the same in preschool, but I thought it was because they can't read it anyway. Man, people have to take away all the fun these days don't they?!?!

4:25 PM  
Blogger Chelle said...

When I was a kid, many years ago, we got to make our own valentines mailboxes 9out of a shoe box or whatever......it was very creative and pretty! We also had to fill out the "TO" part of the valentines. When my kids went off to school it was all different. They made their valentine holders in class so they were all the same and they just filled out the :"from" part of the valentine. Kinda sucky. Oh well. I think there were a couple of years that they actually did get to make their own boxes. that was cool.

8:17 PM  
Blogger MsCellania said...

My two are more excited for VDay than they were for Christmas, I swear. They are having very traditional parties - we bought character valentines and non-candy treats; picked what for whom, jazzed up the cards with glitter, glue and other stuff that would stick, and stuffed the envelopes after writing the children's name on them. The parties will have lots of good food -- and plenty of crappe too. They both decorated empty cereal boxes in the manner they chose to hold their valentines. Just like I did, 100 years ago!

So, where's the Visit Report? Still recovering?!

I love that Cecil more and more. My parents finally met their GrandDog Gismo this past week. My mother described him as 'busy'. I bwaa-ha-ha'd at that. I corrected her: Gismo's parents (my sister and her soon to be spouse) are 'busy'; Gismo is neurotic unless run behind the car at 30 mph for a good hour. Okay, they'd never do that - half hour tops...

8:37 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

I loved making valentine's with the boys when they were small.

What a sweetie your Cecil is!

8:46 PM  
Blogger Bearette24 said...

Taking the "to" out definitely takes the fun out. And the envelopes! I loved opening them.

9:20 PM  
Blogger Roxanne said...

I used to love the super thin paper they used to make the envelopes.

I seem to remember only making our big valentine envelopes at school. At least we were allowed to decorate it as we pleased. But I still would have loved making a box at home better.

10:02 PM  
Blogger BabelBabe said...

my boys insisted on 1)labeling the envelopes - although they gave to everyone, and 2) using all my envelopes because our valentines didn't come with any either, but did come with tattoos and the boys conned me into buying hershey kisses, so every kid gets a personally labeled lumpy business size envelope filled with a valentine, a kiss, and a tattoo. sigh.

6:54 AM  
Blogger Sarah Louise said...

I don't remember getting or giving Valentines at school, though I know I did. I remember decorating the shoe boxes and cutting a hole in lid. Yes, if it involved scissors, I remember it in detail...

School here is cancelled. The library opens at noon.

Happy Valentine's Day!!

7:33 AM  
Blogger East of Oregon said...

Happy Valentine's Day!

8:12 AM  
Blogger Mary Poppins said...

I was shocked when I stared filling out my daughter's Valentine's...NO Envelopes!!! Just some crappy stickers to seal the folded card...what a piece of crap...

I miss the Mailboxes and the sweethearts and the crushes....

12:28 PM  
Blogger Ms.L said...

Happy Valentine's Day!

Aww,you pup loves his human Mama:)

I was the dork in school too and still got tons of cards!

1:05 PM  
Blogger CheerleadingTechie said...

Happy "Hallmark" Day.

I was the loner one in school... still am, haha! Luckly in college we don't do V-Day anymore... My friend Jeff and I decided we will protest together tonight by chatting online about how we hate Valentine's Day.

1:21 PM  
Blogger velcro said...

we don't do Valentine's day like that over here. You would give a card to your boyfriend/girlfriend or someone you really fancied and that's all. And of course you couldn't put your name in it, the card had to be anonymous.

2:14 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

We used to make our own Valentines... mom would dump packs of red and pink construction paper, stickers, paper doilies, and markers on the table and we'd happily while away the afternoon.

8:18 AM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

MR - When I was in school, you could tell who the popular kids were by the size of their hair. heh heh

GM - V-day is fun as a kid. I don't like it as much now. Like I need five pounds of chocolate. Ugh!

Chelle - Making the box at home is fun!

Mscellania - Hmmm. My party invite got lost in the mail maybe?

Paula - Cecil is a sweetie. But he needs to quit waking me up at 6:30 a.m., the turd!

Bearette - I liked opening them too.

Roxanne - Making the box at home must have depended on the school.

Babelbabe - I think that's a sweet idea!

SL - Tell me these scissor memories. There's got to be more than a few stories there!

East - And to you too!

Mary - I couldn't figure out the stickers so we left them unfolded. Pitiful, huh?

Ms. L. - Who were the popular people and where are they today?

Techie - Good luck tomorrow!

Velcro - I like the anonymous part!

Liz - I think handmade ones are the best.

12:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some of the best ones were boxes covered with white crepe paper (split and curled at the bottom) with red hearts and ribbons on them.

Remember when we decorated boxes with crepe and filled them with candy to make May baskets. Whoever you hung a May basket on had to catch and kiss you.
All of us had to run really slow when we did Grammies.



2:36 PM  
Blogger My float said...

Why does everything have to be the same these days? Isn't that just the tiniest bit weird? It's a bit Stepford!!

I don't ever remember doing the Valentines bit in school, to be honest. I don't remember sending or receiving anything until I was in my late teens.

1:26 PM  

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