Friday, March 21, 2014

high school love -- february 2014 #fmsphotoaday



each year, fat mum slim includes a prompt for valentine's day: in 2012 it was "heart", last year it was "love is...", and this year we've returned to "heart". and despite my misgivings about having only one day a year to truly "celebrate" one's love, it's a fun photo prompt. especially since this year i happened to be substitute teaching at a high school on valentine's day. there were more hearts, balloons, flowers, chocolate, candy, and teddy bears than 15 hallmark stores put together. most of the girls were in cute outfits, dominated by red or pink, and many of the boys were dressed up too. couples were exchanging presents, friends were exchanging presents, even teachers were exchanging presents. it was a mad house. but everyone seemed to be really into it.

it made me wonder: was it like this when i was in high school? i don't remember this kind of obsession and extreme commitment to st. valentine, but maybe i'm just remembering it wrong. i have a vague recollection of wearing red and/or pink (despite the fact that i owned very little of each color), and there may have been a flower or two exchanged in my class, but it couldn't possibly have been on the same scale as today's kids, could it? i was never the flashy, show my love publicly sort, so maybe it was as huge a holiday as it is now, and i just missed out or was totally oblivious. but walking the halls this year reminded me of one thing: high school love's all consuming, i love you so much i could die mentality. it's sweet to see two kids so wrapped up in each other that they forget the world exists. (although it's totally gross to actually see them wrapped up on each other.) and i think we can all take some lessons from high school love: love with all of your heart, don't be afraid to show your love how much you love them, and everyone loves to feel special and needed. so let's learn from our youth and let's be bold with our love. it's the only thing that matters.

   

you... & rcg at the opera // favorite: girl scout cookies! // something orange: the sky was on fire // childhood: tie-dye shirts!

   

square: doane notebooks are the best! // c is for... the budweiser clydesdales! // utensil... none needed. // water

   

details... fortuna mezcal knows how to make a good drink // i am... a hot mess. // mistake // out + about

   

perfect... day for kickball! // heart: valentine's day at high schools are very intense // my drink of choice: chia kombucha // create: new blog content

   

vegetable(s) // magic: blue steel // feet: playing trivia (3rd place!) // peace: working on #abrightproject

   

funny: kittens trying to eat collard greens // an act of kindness: community service at the animal shelter // this is where i relax! // half... a decade old. happy birthday mildred!

   

cut... fresh from our garden! // light // my view today // reflection... in platinum!



how was your february?