Happy St. Valentine's Day!
As the years tick by and I feel 'in the thick of things' (and 'thick around the middle'! ha!), I don't have it in me to plan elaborate feast days. Truth be told, I can barely plan to get a simple dinner on the table. Most feast days have to be something I can put together at 9:30 at night when it's already past my bedtime and I can't hardly think.
The above sweetness was achieved with:
1. red table cloth from my mother-in-law
2. potted flowers that were given to me for my birthday two weeks ago
3. a random white doily I found in a drawer
4. the book on St. Valentine I bought years ago and pull out on this feast day
5. one bag of pink and red Hershey's kisses I spotted while grocery shopping the other day and threw in my cart
6. Love notes I wrote to our children on plain white paper and decorated with pink marker pen--having used up our last sheets of pink and red construction paper and any leftover heart stickers when we made Valentines for my children's CCE classmates
|Love notes acknowledging their good traits and any resemblance to saints I could think of|
Bonus Reading: Mary Reed Newland wrote a reflection on St. Valentine's Day, thoughtfully provided to us by Finer Femininity. I note that even Mrs. Newland had to fend off the ridiculous (and damaging) notions of girlfriends and boyfriends in first grade, and I believe she was raising her children in something like the 1940s! I highly recommend Mrs. Newland's books, my favorite being "How to Raise Good, Catholic Children."