Top Ten Reasons I Don't Like Valentine's Day:
9. Stuffed animals
5. Forced romance
4. Those little candy hearts taste disgusting.
3. I don't look good in red.
2. My kid can't write her name eleven times.
1. My kid can't write her name one time on a 2x4 card. (Seriously, by the time Bean had written the first two letters of her name she had filled up the entire space for both the sender and recipient.)
My annoyance with Valentine's Day has been only slightly softened by having children. Last year, after being busted by Tot for not fully participating in the made-up day, I came prepared this year. I bought the girls some gummy hearts and metallic colored pencils. I cut a heart out of paper and wrote a sweet little note. I participated. I'm still annoyed by the demands of candy and flowers and jewelry because it's February 14th. Now, my annoyance has extended to the craziness of other parents. The girls brought home the equivalent of a night of trick or treating on Halloween today. No less than a month's worth of treats, pencils that don't stay sharpened and have erasers that grind holes in papers, tattoos of animal heads, plastic heart slinkys, stickers up the wazoo, and one lollipop after another. It's obnoxious. They have no idea who gave them what gift or Valentine or if anyone else got the ones they gave them (a card from Bean and a PTO sponsored carnation from Tot).
I'll continue to play along, but I'm going on record to say that this Valentine's crap is slightly out of control.