Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Valent?ne's Day

Happy Valentine's Day to all. Here are a few thoughts on the subject.

Any day where love is the focus is a good one.

Let's all remember it is a day about love, not consumerism.

On the other hand, a gift thoughtfully purchased may do wonders.

Warning, brief rant ahead: Valentine's cards in school are not what they used to be. When I was a kid, they were bigger, more varied, cuter, and much less commercial. When my young one came home from school today all of the valentines were a small piece of slightly thick paper folded in half. Without fail each sported what was basically an advertisement. Barbie, Scooby-Doo, Peter Jackson's King Kong, Bratz, NBA, Shrek, and other of that ilk. Ok, sorry about the negative bit there - back to normal.

One final thought. Valentine's Day is traditionally about romantic love. How about holidays for unselfish love, altruistic love, love of fellowman (and fellowwoman), or my personal favorite - Love of Life Day.


At 9:19 PM, Blogger Pug8 said...

I don't know where you got your childhood Valentine's cards, but mine were taken from a perforated sheet of 8 or so; usually Mickey Mouse or Goofy, and the were not as thick as a greeting card.

Perhaps a new perspective on the thing is the culprit instead of the apparent changes. I think it is neat that children are still expected to make contact with everyone in their class at least once per year.

I do agree that more could be done in the way of good will, but why not start in the elementry grades, no matter the course.

By the way, Happy Valentine's Day!!


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