Valentine’s Day is pretty timeless, I think – my kids’ elementary school still had Valentine’s parties when they attended a few years back, although the Halloween party has become the “Fall Party” and the Christmas party is now the “Winter party.” I guess Valentine’s Day is still politically correct.
I love the valentines that are clearly a product of their time -– the one with the girl sweeping, the one with the girl talking on the rotary phone, the one with the Mexican kid on the cactus saying “si si.” I doubt they sell that one anymore. I also notice that my first-grade object of affection, Keith, gave me the teacher card (Teacher – you’re tops with me!). I’d like to think he had that much respect for me, but I suspect he was either confused or oblivious.
You’ll notice that none of them contain candy (well, it looks like one homemade one had a long-gone stick of Juicy Fruit), and none are holograms. They’re just … valentines.
In the background is my valentine holder – the old standard 12″x18″ sheet of construction paper folded up and stapled on the sides. We always decorated it as an art activity.
I heard on the news this week an outraged! reporter telling about a local school where kids were instructed to bring a valentine for each child in class, and not to write names on any of them. I’m not sure what the problem was here — even when I was in school, I’m pretty sure we were told to bring valentines for everyone. Not sure what’s behind the no-names policy, though. In this day of less emphasis on handwriting, it seems like this could give kids some needed practice in penmanship.
The only bad Valentine story I remember from childhood occurred in maybe fifth grade. Our valentine holders were on a bulletin board in the back of the room. One unpopular girl had an aluminum foil-wrapped package placed in hers. Soon, word got around that it contained dog food. I don’t think we ever learned who had given this unfortunate valentine, but hey — it’s an example of bullying being around even then.
What do you remember about school valentines?