It’s less than a week until Valentine’s Day. I know. I know what you’re thinking. Valentine’s Day is just a made-up commercialized holiday…true.
But I have fond memories from celebrating this holiday at school. I grew up in the 80s. Decorating mailboxes. Making Valentine’s Day cards for my classmates. Passing out candy. Sometimes parents would come to the class party. My mom never missed it. I just always remember it being fun.
So I was a little surprised this year, when this holiday was making me feel a little down. This is her last class party of the school year. Her entire school has decided not to exchange Valentine’s Day cards, but instead they are having a friendship celebration. I understand the need for this change, but part of me is really sad.
You know the old saying, the days are long and the years are short. She only has one year left at her elementary school, then she’s off to junior high. This hit me like a ton of bricks. I realized the last Valentine’s Day party I attended, she was in SECOND grade. It certainly wasn’t by choice that I missed her third and fourth grade parties. Up until Covid, I had never missed a single party. I feel like kids around her age have missed out on a lot of typical childhood traditions, birthday parties, trick-or-treating, eating lunch in the cafeteria, school assemblies, carnivals, and class parties to name a few. This year, things are certainly going back to normal, but I feel like time has gotten away from me, from her. It seems as though parent attendance is no longer encouraged, but I plan on making it a point to be present at all her class parties until she graduates from elementary school, because I know if I blink, she’ll be graduating from high school next.
If the pandemic has taught us anything, tomorrow is never promised. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, make it a point to let your kids know you love them.
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