I saw an elaborate Valentine on Pinterest today. I sighed with relief that I wouldn’t be making any of those.
Then I stopped to wonder why that was my gut reaction. I guess it’s not rocket science. I always found it tedious doing those class valentines with my kids. When they were littler, they always lost interest after finishing about two! That meant I nagged them for a few weeks before I got stuck hastily writing and assembling the rest.
(Yes, I’m taking about even the very basic ones you have to rip along the perforated sides, fold, and put a sticker on. Multiply that times 25 kids and one irritated mama and you’ve got my Valentine’s Day.)
It got me thinking about other things I’m relieved are over and done with now that my kids are basically tweens and teens. Things I won’t miss like:
- Walk-a-thon fundraisers
- Read-a-thon fundraisers
- Any a-thon fundraisers
- The $*@% reading log that had to be signed every school night.
- The $*@% homework log or student planner that had to be signed every school night.
- The year-end music performances when you had to get there an hour early to get a seat in the smelly, er, transformed gym. (No, I’m not paying $200 at the Silent Auction to get the reserved spot in the front row. Sorry, I don’t have $200 for that!)
- Keeping an eye on my kids 24/7. I can send them out to play now and only mildly worry if I haven’t seen or heard them in a while.
- The Science Fair and/or March is Reading Month
- Helping (a relative term) with Everyday Math homework
- The book fair where money disappears into an abyss: no one ever buys books, just erasers and knick knacks!
So there’s my list of things I won’t miss. As much as I’m relieved these minor inconveniences are over, I know their disappearance only makes way for new — dare I say it, scarier — things to appear.
Things like driver’s ed. College applications. Wanting clothing that’s popular. Try-outs for varsity teams. Dating.
Maybe making Valentines wasn’t so bad after all.