Valentine’s Day in elementary school means class parties and card exchanges. So today I took the girls shopping for cards, and it brought back all of the stress I felt in elementary school, trying to pick the right card for the right classmate. It was easy enough to make sure my friends got the cards with the best candy, but what if there were rumors of an unreciprocated crush?!
I couldn’t give the unreciprocated crush a card that was too nice. I mean, it would be cruel to offer hope when there was none. But, it was very important to be cordial, because I didn’t want to make them feel bad either.
Or what about the person that I did have a crush on, but didn’t want them to know?! I couldn’t give them a card too nice because I didn’t want them to figure out the crush.
And what would happen if I mistakenly gave the wrong card to a person?
See how confusing that sounds? Imagine how it felt.
There were so many variables and my kid-mind was just not ready for it. So every year I reluctantly filled out cards, passed them out to my classmates, and prayed none of my choices would backfire.
Because in grade school, making a social faux pas could ruin your life, for about a week, and that seemed like forever, :-).
By the time the day was over, I was just happy I survived, with candy and cards as a decent consolation prize.
Luckily, my girls didn’t seem stressed about it. They were excited tonight, happily choosing cards for their classmates and teachers.
On another note, if you’re looking for free Valentine’s Day cards that you can print at home, check these out. Using a printable is a great way to avoid the chaotic row of cards and candy at the store.
If you’re looking for a game for your party, family night or classroom, here’s a Valentine’s Day board game I created over on my other blog.
Enjoy Valentine’s Day!