Well I had a good Valentine’s Day, hope you did too. I wonder why Valentine’s Day isn’t a “public holiday” in any country. I mean…we celebrate lots of other things—why not love? What made me think of it was the fact that my parents got to have Lilly overnight this weekend but I did not, because although the kids have off school, Valentine’s day does not qualify as one of the seven National Holidays that are court ordered to be split between Dubya and I. (I named Lilly’s father Dubya because in my first book—back in the dating days—I had dubbed him, “Mr. Wonderful.” Nowadays I find that he’s so seriously stupid in all the really bad ways that he reminds me of George “Dubya” Bush.)
I mean, shouldn’t we celebrate love?
An aside—I’m watching the dumbest movie—How To Win A Date With Tad Hamilton—and the simile that the dorky nerdy “good” guy uses to say ‘Vagina’ is ‘Carnal Treasure’. Wow—we should teach all little girls to think of their vaginas as a treasure—maybe they would actually think of themselves as special enough to save. How about that, Abstinencers? Also MelDin (I decided to keep the name the boys gave him) just told me a story about how my cat likes his armpit. It’s funny—the men always have so much to say to you right when you’re trying to do something, don’t they?
Anyway, the love thing—I mean, it IS pretty important. And it affects EVERYONE at one point or another in their lives (hopefully often). I was intrigued enough to look up the history of the Valentines, and it turns out that St. Valentine (as the story goes in Christianity, anyway) of Rome was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. According to legend (and Wikipedia), during his imprisonment, Saint Valentine healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius, of blindness and before his execution, he wrote her a letter signed, Your Valentine, as a farewell. Then, in the 14th century, Geoffrey Chaucer (great poet) helped Valentine’s Day along by associating it with romantic love at a time when courtly love flourished. In 18th century England was the first time that Valentine’s Day became an occasion in which lovers expressed themselves for each other by presenting flowers, candy (confectionery), and greeting cards [valentines], and in Europe, Saint Valentine’s Keys are given to lovers “as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver’s heart”, as we as to children—bizarrely to ward off epilepsy, which makes me think that maybe St. Valentine had epilepsy or something, because it was called “Saint Valentine’s Malady.” In any case, this Mr. St. Valentine was ultimately executed for attempting to convert Roman Emperor Claudius II to Christianity.
I’d say that’s Legend-Worthy.