Lots of my friends prefer to call today “Single Awareness Day”. Of the +2 dozen Valentines I’ve celebrated, only 3 were with whatever boyfriend I had at the time. Despite being single the majority of years, I love this holiday because of one person: Mama Mia.
I don’t remember a Valentines Day where she didn’t give us cards or some sort of treat growing up. When I was really little, she would use red food coloring in the dinner. This meant we might have pink pancakes or pink mashed potatoes or pink lemonade. A few years later she started making red Koolaid ice cubes to float in Sprite. Makes a great red fizzy for a special dinner drink. She has even made pink scrambled eggs. Mama Mia really makes this holiday fun for everyone.
Now, when I was in high school, I didn’t always appreciate her style of fun. I was already embarrassed that my family couldn’t afford the cafeteria food and I had to bring a sack lunch everyday. Something about having more than one child in school makes it impossible to afford the $1.25 lunch…or allowance for that matter. I typically grabbed a few items on my way out but one particular Valentines Mama Mia surprised me by packing my lunch. Imagine my horror when I opened the sack to find my tuna sandwich on pink bread. P I N K bread! Was this some sort of sick joke to ensure I never made more than 3 friends? I couldn’t believe it. I was so insulted I didn’t even take the sandwich out of the bag. Instead I broke off small pieces and quickly shoved them in my mouth so no one would see the weird food I'd been subjected to. When I got home, I was so upset. I told Mama Mia how embarrassed I’d been. She said, “You didn’t take the sandwich out? That means you didn’t even notice I cut the bread into a heart shape."
HEART-SHAPED?! Am I 5?! I vowed never to be cheesy like her when I grew up. However, anyone who knows me now realizes I’m even sillier than Mama Mia. And I guarantee that my kids will get pink, heart shaped sandwiches.
Happy Valentines Day Mama Mia. I Love You!