Obligatory Valentine’s Day post

Its not that I don’t like Valentine’s Day, really. I just can never shake the feeling that all these holidays, festivals, special days, are played up and hyped so we will go an buy more ’things’.  The vendors get more money, and we, theoretically celebrate in style.   A lot of people end up feeling like something is missing from their lives because all the advertising is aimed at couples.

 What does Valentine’s Day mean to me? An opportunity for me to make sure the people in my life know that I love them.  I’d rather focus on celebrating all the people I care for. I have an amazing, important,  loving relationship with my husband but that isn’t the be all and end all. I have important loving relationships with many friends and family too.  Let’s not forget about my sweet little progeny either!!

 

I’ve read a bit about the pagan roots of the Valentine’s day celebrations and there is also the story about the man who was martyred on  February 14th, 269 AD, for standing up for what he believed in.  The following is his story, which I copied from elsewhere on the net.

Have a lovely day all.

♥ ♥

Laura

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Let me introduce myself. My name is Valentine. I lived in Rome during the third century. That was long, long ago! At that time, Rome was ruled by an emperor named Claudius. I didn’t like Emperor Claudius, and I wasn’t the only one! A lot of people shared my feelings. Claudius wanted to have a big army. He expected men to volunteer to join. Many men just did not want to fight in wars. They did not want to leave their wives and families.

As you might have guessed, not many men signed up. This made Claudius furious. So what happened? He had a crazy idea. He thought that if men were not married, they would not mind joining the army. So Claudius decided not to allow any more marriages.

Young people thought his new law was cruel. I thought it was preposterous! I certainly wasn’t going to support that law! Did I mention that I was a priest? One of my favourite activities was to marry couples. Even after Emperor Claudius passed his law, I kept on performing marriage ceremonies — secretly, of course. It was really quite exciting. Imagine a small candlelit room with only the bride and groom and myself. We would whisper the words of the ceremony, listening all the while for the steps of soldiers.

One night, we did hear footsteps. It was scary! Thank goodness the couple I was marrying escaped in time. I was caught. (Not quite as light on my feet as I used to be, I guess.) I was thrown in jail and told that my punishment was death. I tried to stay cheerful. And do you know what? Wonderful things happened. Many young people came to the jail to visit me. They threw flowers and notes up to my window. They wanted me to know that they, too, believed in love. One of these young people was the daughter of the prison guard. Her father allowed her to visit me in the cell. Sometimes we would sit and talk for hours. She helped me to keep my spirits up. She agreed that I did the right thing by ignoring the Emperor and going ahead with the secret marriages.

On the day I was to die, I left my friend a little note thanking her for her friendship and loyalty. I signed it, “Love from your Valentine.” I believe that note started the custom of exchanging love messages on Valentine’s Day. It was written on the day I died, February 14, 269 A.D.

Now, every year on this day, people remember. But most importantly, they think about love and friendship. And when they think of Emperor Claudius, they remember how he tried to stand in the way of love, and they laugh — because they know that love can’t be beaten!

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One Response to Obligatory Valentine’s Day post

  1. Kyahgirl says:

    Whinger said,
    February 14, 2006 @ 10:08 am · Edit

    I had a co-worker ask me yesterday what Partner and I are doing for Valentine’s Day. When I replied, “Oh, not much,” he noted that it seemed like all the married people could really care less about the holiday. It was the single ones who were getting worked up, and little did they know that once you have love, you don’t need just one day.

    kyahgirl said,
    February 14, 2006 @ 10:20 am · Edit

    too right whinger ♥

    mireille said,
    February 14, 2006 @ 11:06 am · Edit

    Best non-commercial, soulfelt, chocolate-oriented, well-scented wishes to you on this day commemorating a martyr with his heart in the right place. ♥ L ♥ xoxo

    margaret said,
    February 14, 2006 @ 12:03 pm · Edit

    happy Valentines day !
    happy Birthday Nicole!
    We have snow and ice for our Valentine today! There is some sun and clouds as well. My purple tulips are shivering in their pot, they thought it was spring and stuck their noses out of the ground. I think they regret it today.
    love and hugs all around.

    Mahgwet said,
    February 14, 2006 @ 1:14 pm · Edit

    Did you know Valentine was *beaten* to death? Don’t thank me–I’m happy to brighten your day. heh.

    kyahgirl said,
    February 14, 2006 @ 1:33 pm · Edit

    Mireille – thanks I feel the chocolate soul.

    Margaret – Happy v-day honey. At least you have flowers. I’ve got months to go before that happens!

    Mahgwet – simply charming, as always ♥

    piggy said,
    February 14, 2006 @ 2:06 pm · Edit

    Happy Valentines and all that crap from us two!

    *kiss, hug, smooch & feel of the bum*

    kyahgirl said,
    February 14, 2006 @ 3:43 pm · Edit

    naughty as always Piggy!

    Meow said,
    February 14, 2006 @ 4:42 pm · Edit

    Happy Valentines Day. Hey, the new blog is taking shape … looks very professional. Take care, Meow

    SID said,
    February 14, 2006 @ 5:17 pm · Edit

    Happy Valentines Day Laura!

    You old romantic you

    logo said,
    February 14, 2006 @ 5:48 pm · Edit

    I have never been the type to make a big fuss of V-tine’s Day.
    Now is mostly an occasion to make sure the Things know they truly are not only loved, but very special to us.
    And like I am ever going to say NO to Almond Roca, HA!
    Happy VD, Laura!

    mig bardsley said,
    February 14, 2006 @ 7:42 pm · Edit

    It was very interesting to learn about the original Valentine.
    Hope you had a lovely day. We went out for a Thai meal and had a good giggle because the menu was titled ‘Aphrodite’s Feast’. Not very Thai…or Roman!

    kyahgirl said,
    February 15, 2006 @ 9:45 am · Edit

    Meow, SID, logo, and mig…thanks

    Inexplicable DeVice said,
    February 17, 2006 @ 3:24 am · Edit

    What a great story.

    I hope you had a good day – I know this is a little late.

    Thanks for stopping by my place. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get to yours.

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