…probably on more minds today then any other single day in the country. This is the day the “FTD” man trains for and “Godiva” dreams of. “Hallmark” probably over staffs their stores, and restaurants no doubt put red food coloring in a few of their desserts in one form or another.
Where did this come from?
According to History.com:
“One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.
Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured. According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl–possibly his jailor’s daughter–who visited him during his confinement.
Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories all emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and–most importantly–romantic figure. By the Middle Ages, Valentine would become one of the most popular saints in England and France.”
In the dictionary, this popular four letter “noun” is simply defined as an “intense feeling of deep affection.”
So for me- EVERY DAY must be Valentines Day! The boys may not bring flowers (although they have been known for dragging a weed or two stuck to their coat, back into my house), and the shredded paper Harley leaves for me from time to time COULD be conceived as some sort of card…. and although they would share their treats if I pressed it, “chocolate” it is not!
But when I come home no matter what my day may have been, this is what’s waiting at the door for me as I make it up the driveway… that’s Valentines Day for me – 24 / 7.
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