This morning, I was in a grocery store and watched four high school students picking out Valentine's Day cards and flowers before they headed off to school. They were all over the store, shopping with a vengeance and making sure that they got the right card, flowers and boxes of candy. It actually was kind of cute as to how excited and enthusiastic they were.
Then, a little later, I sat down and read the newspaper. In the paper is an article about two high schools in Orlando, Florida, banning the exchange of any gifts, cards or flowers "in order to maintain our instructional focus and avoid distraction." You have got to be kidding me. I guess the good news is that the principals didn't make it that if you brought a card for your Valentine that you would have to bring one for every student so no one felt left out. So much for the joy and happiness that Valentine's Day is supposed to bring.