Friday, February 12, 2010
The Man-Cub’s class celebrated Valentine’s Day yesterday and, apparently, fifth grade doesn’t really rock the Valentines celebration quite as hard as say, third grade because; my heart-shaped sugar cookie-baking skilz were not called into action. I’m trying really hard not to be sad about that since this is the Cub’s last year in elementary school and all but, I cannot tell a lie, sniff, sniff….I’M SO SAD.*
Despite his party being sans puffy heart-shaped sugar cookies, the Man-Cub had a good time. He handed out special Valentine Ring Pops and hauled in quite a few sappy missives as well as more than a couple of packets of Fun Dip and, honestly, I doubt he missed the cookies at all (TRAITOR!).
I can’t really blame him; when I was a kid, I loved school Valentines parties, too. I loved the sweet chalkiness of conversation hearts and the intense cherry flavor of heart shaped suckers; I took immense pleasure in running my tongue over BE MINE in frosted raised lettering and in chewing the stick into mush at the end while perusing my stack of hand-written love notes.
Plus, when else in life can you make a suitable mailbox using a stack of pink, red and white construction paper, a tub of paste and a Life cereal box?
Never, that is when.
I could wax nostalgic for Valentines past all day but, I need to run to the store to pick up something sweet for my current Valentines because, while I learned a lot in elementary school; I apparently never learned not to leave things to the last possible minute.
Here’s hoping there is at least one heart-shaped box of chocolates left on the shelf.
*In the interest of full disclosure, I should mention that the bulk of my sadness may result from my recent decision to give up sweets, including puffy heart-shaped cookies drizzled with icing and sprinkled with candy confetti. Mmmm……candy confetti…arrrgggg...