I posted yesterday for Chicago Parent online about how kids will never again know the happiness of a giant sugary haul of Valentine's Day loot. Instead, all school celebrations will be commemorated with pencils, erasers, and paperclips. Click here for story.
Candy has been officially outlawed in public schools throughout Illinois.
Based on all the feedback, I now understand the importance of becoming more sensitive to the world of dangerous food allergies and diabetes.
I'm really trying. But I first need to let go of that decorated Kleenex box of my youth. Designed to collect the motherload of cards, licorice, and chocolate, it was once the acme of childhood happiness and indulgence. Sadly, it is now time to readjust my expectations of school parties and the traditional practices I remember so fondly.
Farewell, chalky message hearts. It was fun while it lasted.
You will live forever in my soul.