I’m going to save my lamenting about how Valentine’s Day is a made up holiday created to make everyone feel under pressure to buy something for loved ones. No, instead I’m going to share what a very nice day today actually was…
Yesterday, I said goodbye to a very dear student whose family was moving to Fresno (or so I thought). It was kind of a blue day in the class as we knew we wouldn’t be seeing C again. So imagine my surprise when, upon picking up my class from the cafeteria this morning, C was sitting in her regular place in line. I did a double take…
Ms. Delight – Oh my gosh! You’re here! (Smiling) What a surprise!
C – (Smiling, as usual)
Ms. D – Does this mean you are not moving?
C - (Shakes her head)
Ms. D – So you just came to visit today?
C – My mom said that I couldn’t miss Valentine’s Day! (Duh, Ms. Delight)
Ms. D – Well, of course not!
As made abundantly clear by C’s mom, Valentine’s Day to a bunch of 7ish year old second graders is probably one of the BEST DAYS EVER! While walking to class this morning, the line was abuzz about how much fun it was going to be. On the way, one of my girls started off the first of many V-Day discussions…
A – Ms. Delight, J says he doesn’t give out cards to girls.
Ms. D – Oh, well, maybe one of these days he’ll change his mind.
J – No! I’m not giving cards to girls. (Kind of snarky-like)
As we made our way into the classroom, a few students brought gifts and cards to me before even heading to their seats. J was one of those students.
K – I thought you didn’t give cards to girls! Ms. Delight is a girl!
J - (rolling his eyes) No she’s not! She’s a women (yes, a women). I only give cards to women.
It took all I could do to not laugh out loud!
As the day went on, our valentines’ exchange loomed. The kids did a pretty good job keeping it together until after lunch with the help of work disguised as “Valentine’s Day activities”. Finally, after-lunch arrived, and our exchange ensued.
One-by-one, tables passed out their valentines and the other students chatted with their friends, opened their cards, and sorted through their candy. While I walked around keeping the situation under control, (another) C approached me about his Valentine’s Day dilemma…
C – Ms. Delight, I want to give a card to a girl I like.
Ms. D – Oh, ya? Well, that’s very nice of you.
C – She’s older than me though. She’s a 3rd grader.
Ms. D - (trying not to giggle) That’s ok.
C – Do you know her?
Ms. D – I’m not sure, who is she?
C – Oh, I’m not going to tell you. That’s too embarrassing.
D – I’ll tell you Ms. Delight. It’s Susana!
C – Argh! (groans)
The day ended with heart-shaped envelopes full of cards and treats. The kiddos took good care of me too; leaving me with all sorts of goodies – Most of which I will send home with my work husband.
The past few years, I’ve been kind of a curmudgeon about Valentine’s Day in school. V-Day is NOT a California State standard and is NOT on the standardized test at the end of the year. I had a hard time giving up instruction time for a V-Day exchange. But after the treatment we received this past year about our test scores, I’ve decided that my kids are going to enjoy school this year…and so I am! And that’s just what we did!