Friday, February 12, 2010

Class Valentines


My mom likes to say that anything worth doing is worth overdoing. Can you guess which kindergarten Valentine box was made by her granddaughter?



The class was told they could decorate their boxes with crayons and stickers. So, Jolie used crayons and stickers. And ribbon. And craft foam. And flowers. And tinsel. And melting beads. And her rock collection. And a picture of herself. In addition to Grandma Susan's influence, I suppose credit should also be given to Jack, from whom she picked up the phrase, "Go big or go home."

This has been our first experience with class Valentines. While the boxes were all holiday fun, the cards themselves were like trying to fill out a 1040. Two weeks in advance the teacher provided us with the following instructions:

* Valentines must be in envelopes
* Envelopes must fit into designated slot
* Typed name and address labels glued to the center
* Pretend stamps adhered to the upper right hand corner
* No candy, etc. etc.

My friend Lee, a professional education reformist who apparently makes house calls, stopped by while we were tackling the labels and suggested that the assignment was creatively stifling. Or something like that.

Not wanting to find out what sort of dismal academic trajectory that might set us on, I decided to forgo the Tinkerbell Valentines from Walgreens, in favor of something more expressive.

I consulted Lorie, Jack's cousin and founder of the the fabulous Be Different Act Normal, and she suggested making Photoshop Valentines. So I snapped a picture,




and made this.





Then, thinking it could use a little something extra, I sat Jolie down at the computer and showed her how to add basic clipart images. If she would like, I told her, she could drag a few little details onto her Valentine to make it special. Hearts, flowers, etc. And so, she went to work.

And then the phone rang.

And then Cal woke up from his nap.

And then Jack got home.

And then I started making dinner.

And I forgot all about the Photoshop Valentine. Until she called me over to the computer to proudly unveil this:




Oh, boy.

Is this the price we pay to encourage creative expression? Because let's be honest, that thing is hideous. I had to seriously swallow my pride when I uploaded it to Costco and ordered 30 prints.

For the record, that's 60 digital macaws, 30 black crows, 60 brown dogs, 30 puke orange collies,

And one enormously proud kindergartner, off to school to wow her friends.

Happy Valentines Day.


25 comments:

James and Patrice said...

Best Valentine I've ever seen. I would have given anything to have received one of those.

Jane said...

I have NEVER laughed so hard. You are a better mom than me to keep it as is.

Susan said...

I'm overwhelmed with pride!

(and I can't stop laughing!)

krissiecook said...

That is amazing. Have you purchased her a Bedazzler yet? Because you could set her loose on some thrift store specials and then re-sell them for a decent profit.
And yes, it would be considered child labor. If you lived in a third world country. But you don't.
Let the Bedazzling begin. I wonder if they have sponsorships for precocious young Bedazzler ingenues...

michelle magnusson said...

Jolie made my day.

Amanda said...

Love it! Happy Valentine's Day!

Amy Eagleston said...

I love it!

Lyndsi said...

You must be "tickled pink"....and puke orange=)

Kristin said...

BEST valentine's idea ever. So personalized. And wow... that box is way too perfect for a kindergartner. Good breeding, way to go. :)

Flem said...

I embrace this and applaud your tolerance to allow the development of her creative spirit.

I love the macaws, shows a real element of surprise. And who doesn't love a surprise?

Jodi said...

that teacher is a fun.sucker.

Rileigh said...

Brilliant! I love your posts.

Leslie said...

She an impressive little crafter. And her teacher forbade the gifting of Valentine's candy?! Killjoy.

Lorie said...

Best Valentine EVER! And I will be emailing you my address because I am sure you wanted to sent me one!

And I love her box too!

Lorie said...

Oh! Please get her a bedazzler! PLEASE!!!

Chris and Erin said...

Love her box and valentine, way too perfect!

Kaity said...

I love her box. Jolie is so cool. Her creativity cannot be stifled.

And, Lizzy, Doyle, Logan, and Andy said...

I love it! Her mailbox was so fancy fancy!

Allison Hansen said...

I love it!

PS Every Valentine card should have a dachshund. I'm just sayin'.

Jenny ESP said...

less is lame
::insert paw clip art here::

Allen and Amy Waples said...

Love it! Her box was priceless.

Courtney Vance said...

I love that she put go hard or go home. Its important to know the basics.

Julie Knowlton said...

What the...brilliance?! Everything about Jolie screams diva. Whoever her valentine was...luckiest kid alive.

Katie said...
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courtney said...

if you sold these on your sidebar, i might buy a couple...

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