Monday, 13 February 2012

A relaxing weekend and what I don't get...

We had one of those rare weekends where we weren't rushing round like a bunch of loons. Ebi-kun had football Saturday morning and on the way home we stopped at a Chinese place for lunch which is always busy so we figured it must be good. It wasn't until we sat down that we realised that it was a ramen shop. Me and ramen don't get on, it is years since I last ate it, I do like it but it doesn't like me. As predicted about 30 minutes after I had eaten I started to feel queasy, we stopped at the supermarket on the way home and I just made it to the toilet to regurgitate the ramen - urgh. never again.

Daddy-ebi is of that Star Wars obsessed generation and he can't wait until the 3D film comes out next month. Ebi-kun hasn't watched any of the films so that is what we did in the afternoon and now he wants to be a Jedi Knight (of course). He can't just watch a film, he has to analyse it and ask a million and one questions so hopefully he has got that out of his system and we will be able to watch the 3D one in peace! That was pretty much Saturday done and dusted, then yesterday we had some friends round for lunch, the boys all played together nicely and us grown ups got to relax, I think all weekends should be like this!

And what don't I get?.....the whole Valentines thing, OK, I get giving your 'loved one' something special. What I don't understand is giving something to everyone in the class and even more so, parents having to make little gifts for each class member. I know there is the argument that it's 'not fair' otherwise because the good looking/popular kids get lots of Valentines and the not so cute/popular might not get any but isn't that just life? Shouldn't it be viewed as a life lesson? I fell in the second category and it didn't leave any mental scars on me! Making everything so fair and safe, it all seems to be be going too far. This week I heard that some Montessori schools in America (can't remember the state now) but they are going to be banned from having glass/breakables in the class and already they are not allowed things like the smallest blocks in the pink tower because it is a potential chocking hazard! How will children ever learn how to handle things properly if they wrapped in bubble wrap the whole time (metaphorically speaking of course, bubble wrap is a suffocation hazard!)

And giving the same thing to every child doesn't it all lose it's meaning? In Japan on Feb 14th, girls give boys chocolates then on March 14th boys give girls marshmallows, luckily for us the yochien sent out a notice last year banning it all. Bah humbug some may say but to be honest, I would rather have it this way. If Ebi-kun really wants to give his 'girl' some marshmallows then he is going to have to come up with a sneaky way to get them to her.

So, what do you think? I have lost the plot or do you agree? Is Valentines celebrated where you are, if so, what is the usual way to celebrate?
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