Sometimes it seems our year is defined by the mile markers along the way. Usually those are the special occasions, like parent teacher conferences, the winter music program, and the holidays. You can tell what day of the year it is usually just from checking out the bulletin boards.
Of course, for a teacher or parent, each holiday seems to bring the inevitable – candy and sweets. It’s almost as if the kids have decided that every holiday HAS to have candy associated with it to be at all special.
“Oh yes! Easter is coming up!” they’ll say. I’ll reply – “Yes! In Spring there is Easter, and often people go on easter egg hunts.” “To get CANDY!” the kids interject, always emphasizing the word candy like it’s a pirates treasure.
Of course, this Valentines was no different. The kids all brought valentines for the class, most of them with some candy attached. In addition to that, there were cupcakes brought, and brownies and cookies – I don’t think any of the kids finished everything they were given.
Don’t get me wrong. I think holidays and rituals and “special days” where you get things you don’t always get are important. They’re the types of things kids remember even as adults. I just think we need to make sure they are memorable, by making them special. And we make them special by making it not so frequent. Don’t include a candy with every lunch each day. Don’t keep eating on the Halloween candy until Christmas.
And let’s all stop sending candy on St. Patricks day. I think that just goes too far. 🙂
Happy Valentines Day!