It’s Sam’s first Valentine’s! Why not right about it while it’s all innocent and harmless, right?
Aden is a little boy in her class who comes from a very lovely family. His mom and grandmother (they’re the ones I know because we catch each other during drop off and pick-up) are Italian, and they are absolutely wonderful and warm people. Aden’s mom tells me they’ve been to Cebu (a province in the Philippines), since her husband does some business there.
Aden as the teachers joke, is quite the charmer — and when you look at him he has this cute, quiet demeanor about him too. I heard he’s one of the huggers in the class, but I’ve never really seen it happen. I’d never really catch Sam playing with Aden when I get to school either, but she know who he is (he also has an Elmo lunchbox which she always points out to me) and talks about him once in a while.
Anyway we haven’t really taught Sam about Valentine’s day, but today when I picked her up, she handed made the card they made in class. Only this time, instead of hanging on to it like she normally does, she let go and took a little sheet of paper she had tucked inside it, and that’s what she held onto all the way home. She kept repeating, “To Samantha from Aden,” over and over again, which as I discovered later, was what was written on the card.
I’m pretty sure Aden handed out several of these to his other classmates (he had a box of chocolates for each of his teachers too), and Sam probably loved the idea that she got something with her name and Mickey Mouse on it, more than the actual Valentine’s meaning of it all. But I did start to chuckle when she said, “To Samantha from Aden. We’ll keep it to show Daddy.”
In my head, while I know this is all completely harmless, I had a bigger laugh thinking about, in a not so distant future, little things like this will be the cause of Daddy’s increasing white, and probably falling, hair — for not just one little girl but two!
Dearest Dad, for someone who has been telling me for over eleven years that he doesn’t believe in Valentine’s… now might be a good time to re-think that statement. 🙂 Happy Valentine’s!