I love the time leading up to Valentine's Day. There is something about the ooey-gooey-ness of love that makes our hearts pitter-pat. I remember the fun of making Valentines -- getting out the red and pink construction paper, hearing that sound as my safety scissors would slice through -- you know the sound. I loved ever-so-gently dabbing on small pools of Elmer's glue, sticking on little puff balls of reds, whites and pinks, and finally having a use for those white paper doilies. I remember sitting with my mom on snowy afternoons and cutting out decorations to hang on our windows at home. It was always such a nice, quiet time -- she always paired it with hot chocolate and music playing in the background. Knowing her, it was either the Beatles, Fleetwood Mac or Linda Rondstant. I loved those afternoons. We would cut out paper hearts and have our own little heart-to-heart talks. I knew in those quiet moments with my mom that she truly loved me. I think sometimes those are the quiet moments that some kids are missing out on today. It's a busy, busy world and it's practically impossible to have a family without having to work. Add in all of the sports and extra curricular activities and pretty soon we hardly have time to say good morning and good night. Now that I'm a mother I have promised myself to make paper hearts with my daughter. I can't wait to sit at the table on a snowy afternoon and watch as she cuts through construction paper and signs her name with several X's and O's.
And so to the parents of my students I have a little "homework" for you. Try not to look at it as "yet something else that we don't have time for." Look at it as a moment for creativity and expression and heart-to-heart conversations. It's that time of year to make our Valentine's Day boxes! Get out the red and pink papers, break out the glitter glues and ribbons -- it's time to think of something fun together. I've added some example photos I found online to get your creative juices flowing -- but a shoebox, some paper hearts and and glue will do the trick, too. Whatever you choose -- choose to have fun and to truly enjoy the moment with your child. Valentine's Day is February 14!!