I'm having a hard time lately. January has been one long, unwelcome emoticoaster ride. And I want off. I've had some highs, but mostly I've had some low-low lows.
But here's the one thing that you can count on: when you look outside yourself and do something nice for someone else, it boosts you. There's no denying - making someone else smile makes you smile. Scheming to make someone smile puts a spring in your step for days.
Maggie is off at school. Valentine's Day is coming, and it seems the proper thing to do is to send off a little package full of love. As luck would have it, Maggie sent me a text last week saying "Um, can you send me the spare car key?" Perfect! Now I have a deadline and an excuse. I'd already begun gathering the supplies, but it's no fun saying "I'm sending you a surprise package, so check your mailbox." (Problem with kids these days is that they don't get snail mail, so there's no reason to check their mailboxes.) So yay! "I'm sending the key, but also a pair of socks and gloves that you left here" - perfect upgrade from envelope-with-key to an actual package.
I made a mobile out of cardstock. There's no good picture of it, because it was flipping impossible. But, here's a little show and tell, maybe it'll make sense.
The string is from a massive thing of baker's twine I got from Crate and Barrel years ago. It's going to last me a hundred years. Bonus: it cost $8.99. Random craft score there!
It's become a fun tradition for the kids to find a little Valentine treat on the morning of the 14th. I absolutely adore the fun Valentine's things at Target. So I usually pick up some tumblers or bowls to fill with candy. Maggie won't be here this year, so her cup had to be mummified in plastic wrap to hold everything in place. Down at the bottom there's a big Hershey's Kiss, then it's layered with holiday M&Ms, Hershey's hearts, kisses and conversation hearts, topped with more kisses. And a big box of Red Hots and a bag of Twizzlers Pull'n'Peels, just for good measure. I sincerely hope this candy lasts for a long time, otherwise I'll have to send her new jeans to celebrate St. Patty's Day.
All I know is this: as crappy as my week was, making that mobile and packing up these treats and standing in line at the post office made me HAPPY. And getting a "YOU ROCK" text today along with a picture of the mobile hanging in her dorm - perfect bliss.