Missy Barrett's Adventures

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Valentine’s Day On A Missy Barrett Style Shoestring Budget

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and maybe you’re thinking you’re a bad kid because you did not get something for your mom or dad or grandma or grandpa. Maybe you did not have money to spend on getting them something or maybe you did not have a way to get to the store without them knowing about it.

You are not out of luck because I have some great ideas that will make Valentine’s Day superly special.

First off, Valentine’s Day really should be like all the other days in the year. If you love someone, don’t wait for a special day to tell them you love them. Just tell them and some of the best telling is by showing them how much you love them.

I love making coupons up for people I love. Just fold a piece of paper in half and then in thirds so you have six sections. Draw a nice border around the sections, leaving the middle part clear. Then write something on the inside like “One free hour of garage cleaning” or “One free hour of weeding” or something like that. Just make sure it’s not a chore you already do because that wouldn’t make any sense to put that on a coupon.

Then cut the coupons out and put them in a safe place while you make a homemade card to put the coupons on.

Take a piece of paper or cardstock, and fold it in half. Draw a very loving picture on the front. Be sure to put lots and lots of caring and loving and attention in it when you do the drawing on the front of your card. It doesn’t have to be perfect. It has to be loving.

When the front is done, write something very loving on the inside of the card in your best handwriting even if it’s printing and not the curly writing grown-ups do sometimes.

On Valentine’s Day, slip your card and coupons under the person’s coffee cup at breakfast or at their computer desk so they will find it right away.

Here are some more great Valentine’s Day ideas.

1. Make the best breakfast you can make even if it’s just cereal in a bowl with milk in a cup to pour on the cereal.

2. Write a note about why you love the other person and put it in their briefcase or purse or backpack so they will find it when they get to work or school.

3. Go hiking with them after school (with permission from any grown-ups that should be giving permission to kids that want to go hiking any time).

4. Make a computer collage of some of your favorite pictures of the other person, and send it to them by email. Print it out if you have permission from your mom or dad or grandma or grandpa, and give it to them in person.

5. Write them a letter and share some of the great memories you have of that person and things they did with you or for you.

6. Tidy up their closet for them even if the closet you tidy up is the linen closet and not the closet where they hang up their clothes.

7. Pour them a glass of ice-cold milk and have a sit-down with them so you can talk about all your favorite times together.

8. Just tell the person you love all the things you love about them but that you hardly ever tell them because you think they already know all those reasons. Sometimes it’s nice to hear someone tell you nice stuff about yourself you already know.

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. If you’re going to celebrate Valentine’s Day, make it superly special, not crazy expensive.

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Celebrating Sweet Things

In one more week plus one day, it’s going to be Valentine’s Day and everybody is going to give somebody something for Valentine’s Day.

At our school, they make everybody give everybody else in the class Valentine’s Day cards or nothing so it’s not like you get to tell someone special (or a couple someones) that you really like them. Either you tell everyone including bullies and mean kids that you like them or you don’t even tell your best friends you like them.

Here’s what I’m going to do. I already asked my mom if I could have some friends come over on the Friday after Valentine’s Day so that way nobody knows how come I’m inviting people over to my our house on the Friday after Valentine’s Day.

If anybody asks, I’m going to say it’s a rehearsal Ides of March party because Josh said that the 15th of March is called the Ides of March and plus, he said in this play by Shakespeare, he wrote, “Beware the ides of March” so maybe also there’s a ides of February so I’m going to have a Ides of February party on the 15th of February.

Anyway, the invitations to my Ides of February party are going to get handed out on Monday and that’s February 11 so it’s going to be just like handing out birthday party invitations and you don’t give those to everybody. You just give those to people you want to have at your birthday party.

Then the bullies and mean people, their feelings won’t get hurt because they wouldn’t want to come to my party, and my friends won’t get their feelings hurt on Valentine’s Day because the very next day, they’re going to be at our house for a Ides of February party instead.

I talked to my Grandpa Two Rivers about my idea and he liked it a lot. He said grandma would make a Ides of February cake for the party, and he said he would make some superly delicious fruity punch for everybody. Yum!  I asked him to help me talk my mom into saying okay to me having a Ides of February party, and he said if she says no, he’s going to ask her if he can have one at their house and he’ll invite me and all my friends over there instead.

The best part is that nobody is going to get upset or hurt feelings over not getting a Valentine’s Day card from me or from not getting a invitation to my Ides of February party, and my friends getting invited to my Ides of February party are gong to know I really like them a lot, so everything’s good that way.

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