I received a note from Carys’ school a few weeks ago. It gently reminded parents that Valentine’s Day was coming up and the kids would need to make their own valentine holders to bring to school.
At first, I was a little disappointed. I LOVE making things with my kids. But I remember how much fun I had in school making a holder for all the little dainty cards from my friends. It was more fun than making them at home. Or, at least I thought so at the time.
I tucked the information away in my memory bank.
Which is a joke. Because everyone knows I can barely remember which name goes with which kid here in our house.
So, Tuesday, I get another note from the teacher. Another gentle reminder that our crafty holders need to be brought to school no later than February 10.
That darned memory bank hath failed me again.
Ah. Easy enough. Cover a shoe box with some wrapping paper. Call it a day.
But we don’t have any shoe boxes.
Can someone tell me how, in a house of eight feet, we do not have a single shoe box?
Ah. Right. I decided to declutter my home a few weeks ago.
No shoe boxes.
What next? Milk carton?
Yuck. I would have to wash that thoroughly. And it would still smell like nasty milk crud.
So, I settled on an oatmeal canister.
I thought it was quite crafty.
And Carys thought I had lost my mind.
But, she was soon ecstatic.
When it was finished, Carys dubbed her holder, “the coolest valentine holder ever made.”
And then I was dubbed, “the best mommy in the whole world.”
Sweet little kiddo.
And, I take back what I said about having more fun making these crafts in school.
It’s much more fun to make them at home with my girl. Hands down.