Thursday, February 14, 2008

Love Letters

When the kids were little, we were faced with the usual dilemma of how to celebrate Valentine's Day with them. It is a romantic holiday, but kids like to celebrate it too. I didn't want to get too enthusiastic with candy (Halloween is enough for that), so we had to come up with something else. We settled on love letters. Each year, my husband and I write a note to each child, recognizing their specific challenges and accomplishments, and letting them know that we are proud of them; in a nod to the sweet nature of the day, we also give them a small bag of red and white jelly beans. It is satisfying to think about each child individually, their recent changes and progress, and find words to express them. As we discovered this year, this tradition, minus the jelly beans, is easy to continue when a child leaves the nest, so we will probably be writing those letters for a long time.

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