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Valentine's Day is more creative these days

February 17, 2014 - Craig Howell
When I was a kid, the days approaching Feb. 14 were spent designing and decorating an old shoe box or some other container to hold all the Valentine's Day cards we were bound to receive from our classmates. The idea was simple; cut a slot in the box and then cover it in as much red, pink and white as we could find. Hearts were a must, of course.

I'm not married and I don't have any kids, so this is one of those times I get to relive some of those school-day memories of 20 to 30 years ago vicariously through my friends and the pictures they post on social media sites. Kids today must be more creative than my generation. Either that, or they're just allowed to do more with some of these celebrations.

In the last week I've seen boxes decorated with everything from little green snakes to designs from the Minecraft video game to robots. Very few had hearts. There was little red or pink or white. Some of them didn't even look like traditional boxes.

That's cool. I think kids need to be creative and artistic and this gives them an outlet. Where would this would be, after all, without its dreamers? Without nurturing that imagination, there wouldn't be art, music, inventions... In short, there would be just a hum-drum life.

Maybe one of these days, if I ever get to have children of my own, they'll have that same creative freedom. I think I would be perfectly fine if they wanted to make a Valentine's Day box covered in video game characters, forest animals or mechanical lifeforms. I'll still try to push some of that red construction paper and those white disposable doilies their way, though.


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