This time last year I wrote a rant filled blog post about my loathing of Valentine’s Day and the fact that traditions here in America meant I was having to actually purchase Valentine’s Day tat for the first time. A year on and my feelings have not changed. However, I again capitulated to the commercialisation of love and romance by purchasing cards and Valentines themed pencils for my sons to hand out to their classmates. This year I was also involved in three class Valentine’s Day parties. All in one exhausting day. One. After. The. Other. The smithereen of grudging tolerance for Valentine’s Day I possess was stretched mightily thin.
However, despite my having a cynical rather than romantic bent, I did decide to make my boys Valentine’s Day cards. I figured that I was giving into the tradition while not giving into the commercialism since the cards were hand made. The boys had enjoyed the shark collage I made recently using torn paper and involving no planning or sketching so I decided to take the same approach with the cards I made for my kids. I used scraps of paper, gelli prints and magazine pages with a little bit of washi tape and paint pens to add facial details. Each boy received a card with their favourite animal on it: penguin, zebra, unicorn and dog – even though all the Picts determined that my collage scruffy dog looked more like a cat.
Whether you are a traditional romantic or a cynic when it comes to the commodification of love, I hope you had a wonderful day on 14 February.