Friday, January 22, 2010

Be mine

Walk into any store that sells merchandise and you will see red hearts, red roses, sweet cherubs, and chocolates in heart shaped boxes. Valentines Day is a few weeks away. (Approximately 85 percent of all valentines are purchased by women).

I believe in love; romance can be lots of fun. There are people who resent being told that they need to declare their love anew. Others are sad because they don't have romance in their life right now, thus no exchange of cheezy greetings.

Do you remember having a Valentine box in our classroom? One fell short if he/she didn't spend time slipping preprinted "Be Mine" notes into samll envelopes and dropping them into that sweetly decorated box.

I googled Saint Valentine. What I gleaned is, St. Valentinus could be the name of more than one saint (martyr). The name "Valentine" is derived from "valens" which means worthy.

Many of the current legends that characterise Saint Valentine were invented in the 14th century England, by Geoffrey Chaucer and his circle, when the feast day of February 14 became associated with romantic love.

I suggest you tell everyone who is worthy that you love them as simply or extravagantly as you choose. But let the telling be genuine from that beating muscle in your chest. We all have one, thank goodness.

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