Next week is Valentine's Day; they day my elementary age kids deliver cards to the other kids in their class.
I, like usual, had grandiose visions of what these Valentines were going to look like.You know, unique handmade cards with those cute play on word sentiments you see in Family Fun magazine. Valentines made out of card stock and ribbon and glue dots and some novelty toy. I of course expected my boys would want the same. At a minimum, I envisioned that the names would be legible and spelled correctly.
But, of course, I got nothing close. Here are some of the Valentines produced in the Soutter household.
Yes, you are seeing correctly... misspellings, words crossed out, names that run off the page, and messy handwriting. My favorite is below where Jonathan learned that his name would not fit so he decided to use several lines, a few letters on each. Yes, these are the Valentines my boys are taking to school.
But, look at what I gained by letting go. . .no disappointment, no guilt over yelling at my kids, no tension, no anger. I gained peace and joy and energy and time. I'll trade cute handmade Valentines for that anytime!!
|Note that on this Valentine, Jonathan just left off the last letter of his name|
Intentional women know when to let go.