I just found out from a friend's blog, that in Britain, they think that children celebrating Valentine's Day is a little creepy. I guess it's just an adult/romantic holiday there. Huh. Who knew? Personally, it's never been one of my favorite holidays, but probably because it falls during winter.
However, the best part about it, for me anyway, is the children's aspect. Lucy has been busy with Valentine activities--writing Valentines for her classmates and eagerly anticipating the fact that she was going to go to school ALL day on Friday, the day of the party. As well, it was a no-uniform day, so the kids could all wear red. She set off with her decorated box and her chocolate hearts and cards for her friends. She came back, high as a kite from all the sugar and all-day fun, with her Valentine box filled with cards and treats, which, being the wonderful sister she is, she shared generously with Elaine.
Friday night my parents came to watch the girls while Darren and I went to the Valentines banquet at church. Beforehand, we and 7 other couples had been asked to share funny stories about when we were dating or first married but make them anonymous so the rest of the group could guess who they were. Our story was from the first time Darren came to my house for the weekend to meet my parents. Everything had gone well, and he was getting ready to leave. When my mom said goodbye to him, she added, "You're welcome to come again! Just not too soon."
Saturday morning, Darren made the girls pink, heart-shaped pancakes for breakfast (possible suspension of his Man-card for that). Elaine is still sick, and Lucy spent the day eating Valentine candy. She and Darren surprised me (really surprised me) with a beautiful necklace and earrings. At night when I was tucking her in bed, she said, "Mom, I think I have a pimple on my tongue." A-ha. Her first sugar sore.
I know I should have pictures of all this, but alas. I was very busy doing nothing all day, so I don't. And that was our love holiday! Stay tuned for St. Patrick's Day, which we celebrate in a much bigger way around here.