Happy Valentine’s Day! Valentine’s Day has always seemed a strange holiday to me. We celebrate the life and martyrdom of a Christian saint by giving each other flowers that die, trinkets that collect dust, and obscene amount of chocolate, idolizing the idea of romantic love that doesn't last. Ok, I can get behind the chocolate, but then again, I believe that rainy days and Mondays are good enough reasons to give and receive chocolate.
Anyway, do you know that no historian can pinpoint exactly which Saint Valentine inspired the holiday and that no one associated romantic gestures to the day until Geoffrey Chaucer’s poem in the 14th century?
All of this might make you think that I’m an unromantic cynic, but nothing could be farther from the truth. I’m a huge fan of love and romance. I’m just not a huge fan of telling people which day of the year on which to be romantic. I’m also not a huge fan of turning love and romance into a billion dollar industry. I’m also not a fan of an entire year of love and romance being completely disregarded and forgotten if your sweetie doesn’t give you flowers on Valentine’s Day.
I came across the best blog post yesterday explaining that while Americans spend an exorbitant amount of money expressing their “love” on Valentine’s Day, we still have the highest divorce rate in the world. Check out A Love Worth Celebrating on Growing Home for a wonderful post about love. I’m not going to spoil it for you, but it’s worth the couple of minutes to stop by Jacinda’s blog for a look see.
Thanks for stopping by! By the way, I have a freaky Valentine’s Day fact for you that may help explain my lack of enthusiasm for this holiday. For those who don’t know, I was married once before, many, many, many years ago. We got married on Valentine’s Day. Things went very badly very quickly. When I finally got the courage to re-marry, I ended up marrying a man whose birthday is on Valentine’s Day. Since we’re still married 19 years later, I’m going to guess that Valentine’s Day was supposed to be significant to me, just not in the way that I thought!
Grace and peace be yours in abundance,