When I was a kid, Valentine's Day meant taking little cards to school with those nasty, tooth-breaking heart candy with the little words on them, and then counting up how many you got. Someone always managed to get a TON of valentines. If everyone brought the same number (one for every student, and one for the teacher), then how did that happen? If someone's mom was into the holiday, there was a cupcake for each kid. HOMEMADE cupcakes, or sugar cookies, washed down with milk. I liked that part.
These days, if moms or dads want to bring a treat to their kids' classes, it has to be STORE BOUGHT, INDIVIDUALLY WRAPPED, for "health concerns". Are you kidding me? I don't remember ANYONE getting so much as food poisoning from a homemade cupcake. If a kid's mom worked during the day, a store bought treat was acceptable. Nowadays I know more families are two income households (if they are lucky in this economy) so store bought makes sense in that context. But what if on the off chance I channel Betty Crocker...I can't whip up some cupcakes? I know I don't usually do that, but I would like the FREEDOM OF CHOICE whether or not to do so.
Oh, and when I was a kid, you never heard of anyone having a nut allergy. And I've heard from more than one teacher, "we have a student with peanut allergies", so no chocolate. Huh? How did this happen? I remember the pediatrician telling me not to introduce peanut butter to my firstborn until after age 1 or 2. I don't think my mother got that instruction when she had me. So, are kids having more allergies because moms are too scared to give their babies peanut butter? I know, my logic is flawed, but it just seems too weird to me.
My preschooler just came home with a small haul of sweets of every size and shape. It's a mini-Halloween. At least with those nasty hearts, you didn't want to eat too many all at once; just when your sugar craving was sooooo bad that you couldn't stand it anymore. I know my four year old is not going to want his proper lunch today, dang it. Sigh.
Why the sour grapes you ask? Try eating healthy with all the candy around. How are we SAHMs supposed to lose the baby weight if every other holiday involves treats?!
Pass the chocolate.