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The month of February is filled with shows of affection: pink and red hearts flutter in the breeze on garden flags, stores are filled with heart-shaped mylar, and you can't turn on the radio without hearing a jeweler's or florist's ad.
I'm not one of those people who thinks this is only a "Hallmark holiday," created by hardhearted salesmen in order to turn a bigger profit--I think they tap into it, but the holiday is really created by the people all over who want to show each other affection by exchanging candy and sweet nothings. If you ask me, it's created by children who adore giving their classmates valentines of every description.
Instead of taking time out of our daily lessons to make Valentine's mailboxes, this year our class will be creating theirs at home. This means I also need to create my mailbox at home. If you think I've had writer's block, you should see my creative block when it comes to making this one small item. I already have plans for the students' valentines from me, thanks to a little heart-shaped homework pass my cooperating teacher was happy to share. It's the box, of all things, that's giving me trouble.
But in spite of that, I'm looking forward to the interruption of our daily routine (not really), the excitement of opening the box to see what's inside (absolutely), and the sugary goodness that will make all the students out of their minds with that amazing combination of glucose and caffeine (I can barely hold my excitement). For all its faults, I do love Valentine's Day in a school setting. It's hard to beat the affection that is spread around among the students, and I love my class. Here's hoping some inspiration will strike before next week, though, or I might find myself not as loving as I thought!
I wrote this post as a part of Kallay's "I love Tuesdays" link-up. Feel free to join in!