Pinterest ruined my Valentine’s Day… okay, not really, but I’m feeling dramatic.
Pinterest. I joined a few months ago before it became the
insane craze popular past time that it has recently grown into (at least, in my circle of Facebook friends who constantly post when they have pinned something new).
I joined because hey, who doesn’t need another way to waste time? Oh yeah, that would be me. I only “pin” occasionally because it is quite addictive. As in my response to a kid calling from upstairs would be, “is anyone bleeding?”.
I decided a few weeks ago to do some pre-Valentine’s Day pinning. Looked for cute card ideas, etc… You see, I like to do things “cutely”. My gift doesn’t have to be the biggest, or the most expensive, but I do like it to be the cutest.
Found some really great ideas. Pinned them. Forgot about them. Bought paper valentines at the store when I realized that the cute ones just weren’t going to happen.
Even with the store-bought valentines, I was feeling pretty good about my Valentine’s Day efforts until this afternoon. Woke up this morning, made cinnamon toast & used red sugar crystals instead of regular sugar. Put a little pink food coloring into the milk cups. EVEN used my *cute* miniature heart cookie cutter to cut out shapes from the toast. Oh yeah! And I busted out the heart-shaped plates my mom gave us! I was feeling quite Valentine-y, let me tell you.
Sent the kids off to their classes with their store-bought cards. I DID remember to tape candy to the cards. Heart-shaped lollipops. Again, very Valentine-y. 🙂
As I was going through the bags of loot my kids brought home, it began to sink it. I actually had NO idea what Valentine’s Day has become. Kids don’t get store bought cards, their moms either hand-make, or print some cutesy thing that they found on Pinterest. Kids don’t give a lollipop, they give a cellophane bag filled with a variety of goodies.
When did this happen?? I remember (oh yes, this is a bone fide trip down memory lane…) the good ‘ol days when store-bought valentines were the nice ones. When a miniature bag of M&M’s taped to the front was the awesome card.
Apparently the “bigger is better” & “more is still not enough” mentality has encroached even upon kiddie valentine exchanges!
I admit, part of me is just mad that I got out-cuted. I mean, I wasn’t planning on winning any awards. But I was hoping that there were some other frazzled moms out there who were going to be sending the same style valentine cards as we did! NO!!! I can count on one hand how many did, and that is out of the 42 combined valentines we received from other kids! Is this not crazy??? Am I crazy for thinking it’s crazy??? I feel like it’s some sort of twisted competition out there, like the other moms who made the cute Pinterest-ish cards are going to look at my pathetic offering & feel a little smug. They out did me.
Well, congrats, overachieving moms. You did it. YOU made the best valentines. My guess is that one day YOU will also be making your child’s science project for them. You will also be doing their book reports,
writing editing their papers… it all starts HERE! Maybe I am being a little dramatic passionate. But really, does it not seem that way to any other moms out there? Does it not seem like society is forcing us to compete with each other & use our poor sweet children to do so?
I may put a little more effort into our valentine cards next year. But, chances are, that I will probably do much like I did this year.
Hopefully, “it’s the thought that counts” will still count for something, even if they are store-bought.