Most importantly, please pop over to the girls’ blog. Even if you normally don’t read their blog, there’s a lot of important stuff in the post Gretchen composed for today.
Here’s the thing… I’m not a fan of this … holiday. It started in kindergarten, when my mother wouldn’t buy a second pack of cards even after I exhausted all of the … quite neutral options in the first pack. I couldn’t bring myself to give kids I didn’t like cards that said I loved them, or that they were sweet when they were bullies… But the rule was that we had to give a card to EVERY kid in the class, so…
I sometimes call this a Hallmark holiday, and maybe Hallmark has made the most of it, but Valentine’s Day’s history is older than the hills, almost literally. Still, it’s polarizing. Fast-foward to junior high when some tweens were getting the big tissue paper flowers sold by the French Club in quantities they could hardly carry, while others got none. I’ve never forgotten what it felt like to watch the haves and the have nots, the have lots and the have one yellow one from my best friends avoid eye contact with each other. Only the truly self-absorbed were happy.
Last year, I sent out a few valentines because we were still reeling from Sissy’s glaucoma, eye removal and the constant vigilance that is now the norm in our home. Please don’t feel neglected; I didn’t have time to even think about making them this year. I do appreciate the cards we get by mail, Ravelry, etc. though, so thank you. We do lurvers you lots, even if it didn’t get said in a card this year.
How do you feel about Valentine’s Day?