Love it or hate it, celebrate it or not, you can’t actually ignore it.
There have been years gone by when I’ve studiously chosen to turn a blind eye to the whole shebang and those have usually been the times when He Himself has done something extravagant and romantic and made me feel like a complete louse.
Ditto the opposite, and he’s felt like a mean toad.
Which goes to show that Valentine’s day is there to make us feel guilty whether we like it or not.
“I’m not buying you a present this year,” means – I probably shall nearer the time because I’ll feel compelled to by the hype, but because I’ve said this you probably won’t get me anything because you think I’m not buying you anything, which is fine, but still, you’ll feel like a toe-rag anyway.
“I don’t want anything,” means – I want something humungus and meaningful and don’t forget it.
Did you know?
That according to History approximately 150 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine’s Day the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas.
What’s the story behind it all?
Saint Valentine’s Day and the story of its patron saint is as mysterious as the day itself is romantic. According to Wikipedia it honours one or more of early Christian martyrs named Valentinus and was first established by Pope Gelasius I in 496 AD. It contains both Christian and ancient Roman tradition, but who was Saint Valentine, and how he became associated with this ancient rite that is now celebrated in many countries around the world, is veiled in mystery.
In the Middle Ages around the 15th century the day became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer and the tradition of expressing love by giving flowers, confectionery and greeting cards was established.
Don’t you think it’s sad that since the 19th century, heartfelt, personally hand-written valentines have given way to mass produced greeting cards that you can buy at a supermarket?
Anyway, this year we had lovely reciprocal loving-ness. I bought He Himself a present and a sloppy card (ahem, mass produced), and he surprised me and took me out to a wonderful restaurant, called Capel Vale Winery and Restaurant where we indulged in some fine dining WA style and enjoyed a delicious five course meal including fresh shucked oysters as the sun set over the vineyards.
Tres romantic. We’re good for another year. How about you?
Where WERE YOU on Valentine’s Day or night?