Special day for the young at heart

Preschoolers serve families lunch on Valentine’s Day
By: Megan Wood The Press-Tribune
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If a 4-year-old made you lunch, would you eat it? You would if it was accompanied by a short performance of jokes, a chorus of “Skidamarinkadinkadink” and the promise of “a million hand washings.” Granite Bay Christian Preschool held its 15th annual “I love you luncheon” this week for the families of the 83 preschoolers currently enrolled. “The Christmas holiday is always so hectic,” said preschool director Charrene Steinback. “So this is our big family event, there’s no rush and the parents can relax and enjoy it.” Preparations for the luncheon began at the end of January with decorations like sponge-painted placemats with heart decorations, “stained glass” hearts using crayon shavings melted between waxed paper and finger-painted hearts. Also lining the walls were “love is …” hearts with the children’s responses written in. “Love is my mommy,” said Malia Brust who is 4. And yes, the preschoolers made the lunch, too. Parents brought prepared tuna and egg salad, but the preschoolers assembled sandwiches and made the fruit salad themselves. “We washed our hands a lot,” Steinback said. And what Valentine’s Day party would be complete without heart-shaped cookies and pink lemonade? The luncheon spanned two days to accommodate all of the preschool classes and the nearly 300 guests who attend each year. Many families, like the Bone family, have seen 10 or more “I love you luncheon” performances as all of their children have attended the preschool. At one table, young love blossomed as best friends Sophia Goetluck, 4, and Dalton Hafelfinger, 5, gave each other Eskimo kisses as their parents watched. “They’ve been like this since school started. They’re best friends,” said Sophia’s mom, Betty Goetluck. “We have kind of an arranged marriage thing going on here.”