One dad takes a stand against the Valentine’s Day crap
I need to apologize for Valentine’s Day.
When your kid comes home from school and sees that someone in their class ONLY got your kid a card, that was from my son. I am so sorry that your child did not get a pencil or a bag of plastic crap disguised as toys. It’s nothing against your child, it’s just I guess I am a horrible parent. I know that you took the time to personalize each card and attached that cute little stuffed bear with the cupid wings to it. That’s not me. It’s very thoughtful of you though, but I am not going to compete with you over this sort of thing. If I did, I assume next year whatever you get my child on Valentine’s Day would be even better than this year; perhaps an Xbox or something.
|Really looking forward to these|
Even though the school said no candy, I really appreciate the fine assortment of ring pops that you got my son. Oh, and the three dollar Subway gift card will really come in handy. Don’t get me wrong the cute little pink unicorn that you got last year was great until it got thrown in the garbage as soon as my son got home. The coloring books are really handy in this digital age too. Maybe on your kids half birthday you can get my son an iPod or something.
All this extra gift giving is really making me question myself as a parent. Should I be putting more thought into days like Valentine’s Day than I do? Do my kids hate me because while they are getting balsa wood airplanes and a sheet of stickers, they look like fools only handing out the $1.99 Phineas and Ferb cards? And what do all the other parents think of me? I must look like a complete moron not buying up all the temporary Scooby Doo tattoos.
So I want to personally apologize to all the go-getters out there that are making their kids look like awesome on Valentine’s Day. I would like to say that I will make it up to you come St. Patrick’s Day or Easter, but chances are I won’t. It’s not that I don’t like your kid, I just don’t like all the junk that they get mine.
—originally appeared at Daddy’s in Charge?
—photo by jonbro/flickr