Last week I got an email from my son’s preschool titled – ‘Valentine’s Day List’, and the content of that email contained the list of names of my preschooler’s 18 classmates, and that’s it – no explanation whatsoever.
I was at a loss, as to what this meant, mostly because, this is the first year my son is in a school setting – so this is all very new for me. At any rate, I couldn’t fathom why they would want to celebrate Valentine’s day at preschool.
Now I understand that the school authorities are possibly extending the meaning of Valentine’s day to encompass – friendship, which is okay, I guess. And eventually, I even figured out that they wanted us to make hand-made cards for the other kids; hence the list of names.
But these are toddlers that we are speaking about. It is hard enough to get them to do regular things like – eat, sleep, or stop talking. I can only imagine how much
work fun it would be dealing with cardboard, and glue, and scissors, around these little ones; especially, MY little one, who pretty much uses most things available to him as weapons to attack me (don’t ask!). Just thinking of it makes me want to take a tranquilizer!
Anyway, after that initial email, I negotiated with the school authorities, to accept ready-made cards, and they agreed, so long as the child personally wrote the names of his/her friends on them. Fair enough, I think. Certainly not an easy task (what’s easy with a toddler, anyway?) with a kid that cannot sit at one place for more than 3 minutes, but so much better than all that crafting, that I am not going to complain.
But this exercise has made me wonder about the rationale behind this. I am sure it is well-intentioned, but there are times that I wonder if this is just some evil contraption to torture parents. 😛 Hmmm..the last line speaks volumes about my feelings regarding this, doesn’t it? 😛
Have you guys experienced anything like this? Does your child’s school celebrate Valentine’s Day too? I would love to hear your thoughts/experiences.
Lots of Love Shantala