Sunday, February 19, 2012

I Flippin' Hate Valentine's Day

And yes, I know it was almost a week ago. That's how behind I am. A week later, I am now ready for Valentines Day.

If the one who hates Christmas is Scrooge, what is the name for the one who hates Valentines day?

I don't have a problem with the grown up part. I'm good with flowers and jewelry, and I'm definitely okay with chocolate. But when did this become a holiday where children give each other candy?

The situation is, I have 1st graders who don't care for candy. And don't care about making Valentines for their classmates. I think they might enjoy the actual exchange, but there's no way either of them had the patience or for that matter, the fine motor skills, to write out individual Valentines for each of their classmates. So Aliza and I did it.

There are 20 kids in their typical classroom, and 14 in the autism focus classroom. That's 34 Valentines for each twin, or 68 Valentines in all. Because we didn't want to leave anyone out. In my ongoing effort to help the boys' social lives and popularity, I wanted to make sure they took part in the Valentine ritual. I panicked and ran around like a crazy person, getting it all together mere minutes before the big exchange at school.

And as it turned out, they didn't get anywhere near 68 Valentines. I think they got cards from all the kids in their typical class, but evidently most of the the autism class parents didn't take it as seriously as I did. I'm so glad I panicked and made such a big deal out of that. I flippin' hate Valentine's Day.

Well, at least they did it. They got to go around and put Valentines in their classmates bags. They took part in the ritual. And all the kids got a Valentine from both Zack and AJ.




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