Tuesday, February 9, 2010

V Day

I kind of totally forgot about Valentine's Day this year.

It's not really a holiday I generally count down to anyway. But this year? Oblivious.

This lead to something of a scramble yesterday, when I read an email from the Little One's teacher, reminding all of us parents about the Valentine's Day party for her class this week.

Having made the complete transition to Single Working Mama, I have less time to sit around with doilies and glue sticks than I did six months ago. Plus, I'm still a Room Mom for the Little One's class, which means I have to kick it in for the party. I needed to come up with 20 Valentines, plus three for the teachers, and some heart-shaped party stuff.

So, when I read the email, I panicked a little.

See, the party is this Thursday. My work schedule is nuts until then. When the hell would I have time to glue doilies together with construction paper hearts for every kid in the Little One's class?

Clearly, I wouldn't. I won't. I don't.

So, I did the only thing I could do: I headed to the Supermarket and tried to find the least offensive, least nauseating, mass-marketed Box 'o Valentines I could.


Yeah.

We ended up with the Disney Princess Valentines. The Little One Loves them. Me? They kind of make me throw up in my mouth a little.

There is a silver lining to this story, however. When we got home from the Supermarket, my kiddo couldn't wait to tear into those Disney Princess cards. She set herself up at the little table in our new kitchen, got out her markers and started writing her name. She was signing her name on each card! We've been working on that, and she works on it at school, too, but I had no idea she'd become so good at it! She's like a professional Name Writer or something.

I hugged her and told her how proud of her I was. Then I told her that she's my Valentine, that she's the best Valentine I've ever had. And I meant it.

"You're my best Valentine, too, Mama," she said, hugging me back. And while that won't always be true, this year it is. What's better than that?

Nothing, Mamas. Nothing.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Vote Joy!

Good morning, Mamas! You may have been wondering where the heck I've been lately.

Well, I'll tell you. I've been hard at work on several projects, the most exciting of which I want to share with you. Many of you know about my love for and support of Mariska Hargitay's Joyful Heart Foundation, whose mission it is to heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse.

Some of you may also know about the magazine I work on for Joyful Heart, entitled Reunion.

Well, we've entered Reunion into the Pepsi Refresh online grant contest. We've put our blood, sweat and tears--and our joy!--into winning this grant, so that we can bring our magazine, and the sense of healing and community it provides, to hundreds of thousands of survivors nationwide.

Why the heck am I telling you about this? Because the way Pepsi Refresh works is kind of like American Idol--except it matters. See, you need to vote online for Joyful Heart to get this grant. You can vote today and every day this month. It only takes a second. But in that second, you bring Joyful Heart closer to winning the grant. And you bring survivors a step closer to a sense of healing and possibility that Joyful Heart wants to bring.

So vote today. And every day this month.

Thanks, Mamas.