Why didn’t anyone tell me Nora’s valentines needed to be accompanied by a trinket or piece of candy? This is Nora’s first year in a mother’s day out program, so this is our first “official” time to hand out valentines at school. Nora got home from school today and could hardly wait to go through her little bag of valentines from her friends. She pulled out her white paper sack with close to 20 heart stickers littered across it and proceeded to pull out each card for us to look at. I started noticing a theme - one had tattoos, another a pencil, a couple lollipops. Soon I got that sinking feeling. Was I supposed to put a little gift with Nora’s valentines? Oh geeze! I often fail to plan ahead when it comes to things like this, but this time I had actually planned. I searched Amazon for the valentines I wanted (I couldn’t leave this up to Nora. She would have chosen Paw Patrol valentines, and there’s only so much Paw Patrol I can stand.), and I ordered them on February 3. That’s super early for me.
This weekend, I sat beside Nora supervising her writing her name on all 14 cards. This of course turned into me yelling firmly telling her to write her N the correct way. “Line down! Pick up pencil! Down! Straight up!” Followed by, “Make the O the same size as the N! You’re going to run out of space!” I’ve realized that if she writes her N backwards to start her name that she nearly always then just proceeds to write her entire name backwards. It’s a mirror image, and it irritates me so. Today she was writing her name and there was a squiggle between the O and the R. I asked Nora, “What in the world is that?” She looked at me and said, “It’s a curly,” as if everyone wants a curly in their name. Lest you think Matt was absent during the signing marathon, put your fears aside. He was standing over her putting aside any cards that weren’t signed well enough. Obviously, she ended up signing more than 14, and Matt had to give up quite a bit of perfectionism even with the 14 keepers.
After surveying all Nora’s valentines from school, I had the thought, “How did I not know I was supposed to add something to the valentine?” All the correspondence about the school party just said to bring a valentine, so that’s what I did. I took it literally. Good thing Nora’s only 4 years old and won’t be scarred by this mom failure. And, it’s a good thing this doesn’t matter!
On another note, Nora had a wonderful Valentine’s Day. We had cinnamon toast crunch (Much to Matt’s chagrin it’s the “healthy” version.) for breakfast by her request. She was showered with valentines from her school friends, friends, and neighbors, and we had an all-star dinner of chicken nuggets, mac and cheese, green beans, and fruit. Hannah was quite pleased as well. We put cards that had come in the mail and a few others in some “mailboxes” that Mom and Dad sent the girls for their cards, and they opened the boxes after supper. They also got a couple of shirts and at the bottom of their boxes was a little heart shaped caked wrapped in tissue paper. (See Little House on the Prairie.)
Nora’s only regret from the day – Valentine’s Day is only one day. Yes, it is, sweet girl, but we can show love all the time. But, no worries, Nora has decided that we can celebrate Valentine’s Day again tomorrow. Oh, and, Mommy can you decorate the house for it tonight?