Valentine’s Day- How will you say “I love you?”

If you’re looking for a creative, inexpensive way to say, “I love you,” here’s an idea that worked for me a few years ago: I bought a box of children’s valentines, wrote a message on each one, and put my husband’s name on the envelopes. On the morning of Valentine’s Day I snuck into his office and plastered his desk, picture frames, etc. with the valentines. Everywhere you looked, there was a valentine! The cool thing was…my husband is a university professor. And when his first student of the day saw what I had done, he said something to the effect of, “I hope I marry someone who does things like this for me.” That was a pretty high compliment to me, and I know that the public display of love made my husband feel special.

What creative ideas do you have?

Published in: on February 13, 2008 at 2:05 am  Comments (1)  

Little Mommy

I was never a tomboy. Although I played softball through the Boys and Girls Club, I played outfield and hoped throughout each game that the ball wouldn’t come sailing to me. Thankfully, it rarely did. Even when I played Hot Wheel City or G.I. Joe with my brother, I turned it girly. Dolls and make-believe homemaking were my specialty. In fact, I think I was born to nurture. So, it’s no surprise that my favorite childhood book was Little Mommy by Sharon Kane. I treasure this Little Golden book. Besides a few Seuss books, this is one of the only books I still have from my childhood. I remember studying the pictures and then trying to re-enact with my own dolls the delightful scenes pictured in the book. I could be jaded by sentimentality, but I think the art is precious. I remember one time secretly swiping my infant brother’s washtub, filling it with water, and giving my dolls a bath just like the Little Mommy in the book. (I also remember my mom being not-too-happy about the water mess in my room. :))

My daughter seems to have that gift and desire for nurturing too. A year ago or more I tried to find a copy of Little Mommy to give to her. I discovered that it was a rare Little Golden Book that was highly sought-after and nearly impossible to find. So, you can imagine how delighted I was yesterday when I ran another search for it and discovered that it’s being reprinted and will be available in April! Hip-hip-hooray! (I’m just hoping they haven’t changed anything. The cover is different, although it looks like the same art. So, I’m cautiously optimistic.)

Maybe you won’t like this book as much as I do. But if you’re a 30-something girly-girl, most likely it will take you back to a simpler time and place, and it will make you want to dig all your old dolls out of your parents’ attic and celebrate with a tea party!

Published in: on February 12, 2008 at 7:16 pm  Comments (1)