Never thought I would spend Valentine's Day partying with the preschoolers. But never say never. If you'd care for a laughable detour (which will probably attract all sorts of weirdos searching for naughty words on Google), the funniest thing happened with those preschoolers. Please forgive me if you are easily offended. One little boy could not remember my name and another earnest little boy tried to help him, "Riley, it's Mrs. Weiner. It's Mrs. Weiner, Mrs. Weiner. Mrs. Weiner, Riley!" I promise, he said it at least four times before I could high tail it to the block station and offer a correction.
Now, where were we?
Ahem. The day of Love. Yes.
We're actually celebrating in grand style tomorrow, on our day off. Aaron is planning that, and it will be delightful, but who needs grandeur when I have midnight slow dances to Van Morrison and a silly precious message recorded on a CD and 2 dollar roses from the Aldi clearance bucket and a man who reads C. S. Lewis while I waste my time on here? What's that quote from Anne Shirley when she finally reveals to Gil that she loves him, not Roy, and has loved him all along? Oh hang this post, it is doomed to digression, and excuse me while I go net that quote...
Ah, yes, here it is. Anne of the Island, chapter XLI - "I don't want sunbursts and marble halls. I just want you...sunbursts and marble halls may be all very well, but there is more 'scope for imagination' without them."
This is our Valentine's Day, thrown on the potter's wheel of scoped imagination and deep love and small pocketbook.
Hot pink roses and
twinkly spontaneous garlands and
strawberry cream cheese cupcakes and
homemade peppermint patties and
oatmeal honey soap and
little valentines tucked in brown paper bags
and I pray there's love enough in these walls to swell up loud and clear even when it's not dressed in red and pink, and I pray that kindness and goodwill curl up tight in the small unphotographed things, and I pray that this is the script 365 days and not just a one-week, hyped-up, glitz-and-glamour February showing.