“Will you Be Mine?”
Remember handing out Valentine’s Day cards as a kid? There was all kinds of themes you could choose from: Super-Heroes, Peanuts, Scooby-Doo, and cutsie cartoons… We always made our own to give to Mom & Dad. You know the ones? Pink or Red construction paper, markers, glitter, and lots of X’s & O’s!
As we get older, we (especially the ladies) set our sites on romance & dreamy notions. Will I get asked out on a date? Will there be a proposal? Will I get that Mac-Daddy box of Chocolate I’ve been hoping for??? Hmmmmmmm.
It goes without saying that the retailers really celebrate the whole commercialism side of it. For the past few weeks, television & radio advertising introduce new Hallmark & Jewelry commercials, M&M candy promo’s, reminders of dinner reservations, flower deliveries… Who is St Valentine anyway & why are we celebrating?
This is what I found on Wikipedia. It’s not the “romantic” we see in movies, but in the literal sense, it reigns true:
“Saint Valentine (in Latin, Valentinus) is the name of several (14 in all ) martyred saints of ancient Rome. The name “Valentine”, derived from valens (worthy, strong, powerful), was popular in Late Antiquity. Of the Saint Valentine whose feast is on February 14, nothing is known except his name, that he was buried on the Via Flaminia north of Rome on February 14, and that he was born on April 16. It is even uncertain whether the feast of that day celebrates only one saint or more saints of the same name. For this reason this liturgical commemoration was not kept in the Catholic calendar of saints for universal liturgical veneration as revised in 1969. But “Martyr Valentinus the Presbyter and those with him at Rome” remains in the list of saints proposed for veneration by all Catholics. “
My simple advise would be, find the people you love & celebrate them somehow this season. February is a cold month, so it’s apropos to make the whole month count!!
XOXOXO’s to all of you,
This posting dedicate to a generous, warm-hearted person, Ursula. A big XOXOXO to you, my friend!! To find out more about her plight, go here: http://www.giveforward.com/ursulastocke