Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. Rejoicing all around!
Please don’t get me wrong—it is a wonderful day and a HUGE money maker in all sorts of ways. Who doesn’t love Godiva chocolate? Strawberries dipped in cheaper chocolate? Triple-the-regular price roses with chocolate? Champagne with chocolate? An over-the-top Hallmark card (with chocolate)?
Yes, I am a cynic when it comes to Valentine’s Day. Maybe it is the twenty years of teaching that crushed the joy within. In fact, it IS the twenty years of teaching.
Valentine’s Day created pervasive insanity in the classroom. The day of the traditional “making the individual Valentine’s Day boxes” was the instigator. The neat stacks of red, pink, white, and lavender construction paper and the Elmer’s glue bottles set off an explosion. From there it was always hard to contain.
The next day the cards were placed into the personalized boxes, sly smiles exchanged. The parents brought in obscene amounts of sweets, cards were opened in a flurry, and then BAM! the day was over.
What will my beloved and I do on Valentine’s Day? We are going to see Garrison Keillor at Point Loma College. Tickets cost $45+ each. That blows the chocolate budget right there.
Here is something for your Valentine's Day pleasure: