as i signed sealed and stamped spider-man valentines for each of boyo's preschool class mates last night, i was struck by the vast difference between how brits and 'mericans celebrate this day. in england, v-day is reserved for "lovers" or at least people you have aching hormonal crushes on.
as a teenager, i received very few valentines, unless i was officially "going out" with someone--a.k.a. going down the bus station, holding hands, and having a bit of a snog before number 33 came along. another factor that might have limited my chances was going to an all-girls school. not that girls cannot have raging hormonal crushes on one another, but such feelings did not tend express themselves in traditional ways, for fear of being tarred a "lezzy."
v-day in the u.s.a. knows no such boundaries. (although hubs did tell me that during certain key moments in his life, uhm, likeearly adolescence, the receiving of cards that expressed "love" from both boys and girls in his class led to a little soul-searching).
now boyo is 3, and, according to local tradition, ready to get into the valentine swing of things. i have to admit, although i knew v-day was much less about erotic love, and more about being forced to buy cards for all your peers, i wasn't expecting to have to deal with it for a few years. but nope, hubs came home with the goods last night, after a "valentines list" was distributed to all parents by the school.
and let me say, there is no more tender way to express love than with a note from Spidey. each card has it's own unique message for the recipient, and, i must confess, i never knew spidey cared that much:
- STICK around and have a Happy Valentine's Day ("stick" get it? "stick" oh, spidey..! you are too funny)
- Hope you have the ULTIMATE Valentines Day
- Hope your Valentines Day is a SWINGING Success
- Hope your Valentine's Day is FULL of High-Flying Adventure
and my personal favorite:
- Hope you have a WEB-TASTIC Valentines Day.
awesome! hey, thanks Spidey. same to you, man. same to you.