(I.E. - The DUMBEST thing ever. )
What is a calendar square, you ask?
To me, it is a thing that creative women thought was a good idea to make non-crafters (like myself) stress out. It is a thing women do for themselves...I don't know a single guy who gets all stoked about a calendar square. Seriously.
Specifically, a calendar square is an Aviator thing (I've not heard of it for other communities...please correct me if I'm wrong!). Their general work space is the "Ready Room" - where they brief and de-brief and gather - a water cooler with flight suits, if you will. On a wall in the Ready Room, the wives figure out a large something with 31 hooks/pockets on it. Ours is actually totally awesome. One of the wives has an extremely handy Dad....and he crafted a beautiful board with our squadron name on it and everything! (That part has been edited out for safety.) :)
While the squadron is deployed, the board is loaded with special "squares" made by various families/friends of deployed personnel. If you have a special day of a particular month, you can pick it and then craft your calendar square to suit the occasion. Otherwise, they just get put wherever in the month.
Are you tracking?
I am NOT crafty. I don't scrapbook. In fact the mess and clutter created by scrapbooking totally causes me to start twitching. The Beans all have baby books....but they are (most likely) the saddest looking things you've ever seen. Nothing special. Very Boring.
Sorry Beans, I have no idea when your teeth started falling out....I was too busy keeping you fed, clothed, and alive. Just trust they fell out. Oh, and about the Tooth Fairy? She is one seriously absent-minded chick....and she's always taking vacations! Maybe she will eventually snatch that tooth within a week of you losing it. But I wouldn't bank on it.
I've never done one.
The last time he was deployed was the first time I had even heard of calendar squares. We had a 5 year old, a 3 year old, a 15 month old, and I was in my third trimester with the Boy. My Love doesn't care about Calendar Square stuff, so I told him - they aren't happening. You will know I love you because I'm feeding and bathing the children every day.
Thankfully, he was fine with that.
Fast forward to Tuesday night....after remembering about 10million wrong times to make my calendar square, I realized I had never actually DONE it. And My Love would be leaving in the morning. Oops. So Tuesday night found me doing the absolute bare minimum of the calendar square.
I didn't have any pretty paper - and we were out of plain paper - so I had to glue two chore sheets together and then cut them to the correct 5x7 size.
Redneck? A little.
I prefer to say "improvisation."
I had picked Valentine's day as our date....because it actually holds a lot of meaning for us.
It's the day we met.
In honor of that, I glued a picture from our dating days on my square...sharpied a couple words....punched a hole for hanging it...and was done.
On the back, I hinted at the lack of creativity to come:
Creative success? Nope.
But, I view the calendar square (if you make one) as a glorious opportunity for embarrassment.
My Love, look out - 'cause I'm getting all daughter-of-Eve-crafty on you. :)