For a while now, I have wanted to “take an occasional trip” down Memory Lane. To recall – and document – not only memories with my littles but even from my own childhood…which is, admittedly, a bit of stretch with my poor memory. But I don’t suppose my memory is going to dramatically improve any time soon, so I best be about documenting what I can while I can. Hopefully, I will do these posts somewhat regularly. That is, if I remember to do so…..
I was thinking about Valentine’s Day – and the other “little” holidays or fun days the kiddos enjoy. And that we adults enjoy simply because our favorite little ones are having so much fun:) I have tried and tried to think about the way we celebrated Valentine’s Day when I was young. I do not remember my mom (or any of my friends’ moms) decorating for the day, or even decorating seasonal, for that matter. Maybe things were changed up every once in a while but I know, for a fact, no one had bins of decor stored away that was pulled out every couple of months. Of course, we celebrated for Christmas and there may have been a little something for Halloween when we were really young, but I am pretty sure that is it.
We did celebrate Valentine’s Day at school, but on a much simpler scale than my children did in school. We exchanged simple paper valentines. The day before we would decorate paper sacks and they sat all day on our desks’ edge just waiting to be filled with fun notes from all our classmates. I do not remember any big class parties like my children had during elementary school. I was a teacher’s aide during those years and I must admit, I rather dreaded Valentine’s Day at school. In the afternoon, there would be a couple of hours of way too much sugar, games, valentine exchanges, and just so.much.energy. The valentines they exchanged were more themed – Barbie, CareBear, Spiderman or something from the latest Disney movie. And they usually included a small piece of candy. For some reason, I remember that….and the beginning of “puns.” (Don’t get me started on cheesy Valentine puns!) The kids – obviously – loved it. But, it was exhausting. To be honest, I’m not sure they still have class parties. But, back in the day, my kids had a great time.
At home, we usually celebrated there as well. I would decorate after the kids went to bed so they came down to a heart-filled kitchen in the morning. It could have been as simple as hearts hanging everywhere from the ceiling but they thought it was grand. Ah, life was so simple then:) We would have pink milk and something that could be shaped into a heart. Pancakes, cinnamon bun, or – their favorite – toaster strudels with heart icing. As I said, we were (we are) super simple but the kids loved it. I also remember they loved Winnie the Pooh. One child in particular:) And not just at Valentine’s Day. And, yes, we watched them on VHS:) My kiddos outgrew those days way too quickly. Ah, I remember class parties at school very often included a movie – if you were the first teacher to reserve the tv and tape player. Oh yes, those were the days. I would also make a heart-shaped cake from one square pan and one round pan. Have you ever done that? I would ice it and the kids would decorate it. Of course, they would have already had more than enough cupcakes and other goodies at school, but we liked to celebrate with Dad too.
I wouldn’t say that Hubbie and I “celebrate” Valentine’s Day anymore. I did put a few hearts in the kitchen and added some pink and red to my tiered tray….does that count? We don’t exchange gifts or anything like that but we are going out to dinner with friends this weekend. On Saturday…not Monday because well, there will probably be crowds on Monday. And, let’s face it. We’re old!!:)