Valentine Sentiments with Real Meaning for Moms

Written by Emily

The sides of my hands and, oddly, my forehead are stained by marker in a color that resembles bruising. My cuticles are raw from nervously biting them to the quick while I watch little hands painstakingly write every letter. My fingertips are sticky. I have a paper cut. We are knee-deep in Valentine’s Day bits and bling, and I am battered…and a bit callous.

As I wrestled with the Ironman and Batman Valentines my son chose, it occurred to me that card manufacturers need to can the disingenuous, silly messages and replace them with something a bit more meaningful.

If my children were self-aware, and they really wanted to tell me on a Valentine just how much they loved me, the sentiments might look something like this…







facevalentine*Randomly, my toddler caresses my cheek and says with as much sincerity as she can muster, “I like your face.” I’ll take it.

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends. I hope your day is filled with sincere tokens of appreciation and a moment to catch your breath.

6 comments for “Valentine Sentiments with Real Meaning for Moms

  1. Wha
    February 12, 2014 at 7:35 am

    🙂 Happy Valentines Day Emily

    • February 12, 2014 at 9:48 am

      Happy Valentine’s Day to you! I hope you and the boys have a great day. And I hope they tell you again and again what a fabulous job you’re doing! Thanks for reading, Wha 🙂

  2. Deb
    February 12, 2014 at 11:50 am

    I would like to add the teenage version:

    I love you despite the fact that I told you I hated you ten minutes ago and now can you take me to the mall?
    You are almost as wonderful as [insert shrill shrieking] “that guy in English class that is sooooooo amazingly gorgeous.”
    You’re cooler than Sarah’s mom but not quite as cool as Sidney’s mom.
    My love for you is stronger than the smell of last season’s lacrosse pads. And, oh, by the way, could you wash them for practice tonight?
    I couldn’t possibly love you more. Except if you bought me a car. A new one. Not an old one like my friend has.
    And, my favorite, “Oh, it’s Valentine’s Day? I hate this day. I am forever alone. Thanks for the candy, though.”

    • February 12, 2014 at 12:19 pm

      These.are.awesome! I love that I can turn to you for a glimpse into my future. I especially love “I am forever alone. Thanks for the candy, though.” Hahahaha! And also “you’re cooler than Sarah’s mom but not quite as cool as Sidney’s mom”. Fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing these, I really did laugh out loud!!!!

  3. February 12, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Happy Valentines Day Emily!! I almost died, I was laughing so hard and then started coughing and then lost my breath… The shrillest scream the moment the bathroom door closes… Oh my goodness!

  4. February 12, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Oh yes…the phone, the bathroom door, the nailed them all! I really love “I like your face” that is the sweetest Valentine ever!

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