Valentine's Day is not really my thing.
While I enjoy the cuteness of it, my life pretty much goes on as usual. I used to make Joe take me out -- I'd call him, plan the night, and make him pay for dinner (natch), etc. -- but now I normally just let it pass.
NOTE: My brother usually does come through with some flowers for me. All the sisters in the world are jealous, I know!
Yesterday, the staff at Community Partners of Dallas held our monthly "Terrific Tuesday" event for CPS caseworkers. Our Terrific Tuesdays give CPS staff members a quick 30 minute respite from their grueling work to do something mindless and fun. The Program staff here at CPD is in charge of these meetings and they do a great job. Normally I am not crafty, but yesterday I went over to say hi to the caseworkers and ended up actually doing the craft -- photos below.
NOTE: Wasn't it nice of me to put my decorations in the lobby at CPD so everyone could enjoy them? I'm sweet like that.
NOTE to NOTE: My co-worker Allie was our instructor for these crafts and didn't they turn out great?
Valentine's Day is also a good time to eat. There are fantastic cookies at the office made by staff members and volunteers and my friend Holly made homemade popovers the other day with strawberry butter. Holly gave it to me in a darling bag with a valentine card. Glad I'm her valentine for sure!
While Valentine's Day is pretty much just another day for me, it is a day of horror for so many children in Dallas County.
Another day Angel will be beaten. Another day Claudette will be left alone in a locked room for hours. Another day Peter will barely escape death.
In the time it will take for you eat your valentine meal with your special someone, another child in our community will be confirmed as abused and neglected. And all they want for Valentine's Day is someone who loves them.
Good Lord, I'm lucky in love.