An Archetype of Love is Besottedness
Our quintessential desire as humans is to be loved by someone with their whole heart. You can pooh-pooh Valentine’s day but mortals cannot dismiss their impetuous desire for arrant love and affection. A “Hallmark” occasion to some, our expectations of boyfriends, husbands, partners, and lovers still peaks on this day. As a woman I cannot be clearer and its about time we say it out loud, Flowers are always appropriate ! (just make sure they’re not carnations unless of course you’re willing to make a statement with 50 or more). If not placated with flowers or chocolates or lavish dinners and the “compulsory” lovemaking, injured parties immediately turn into spurned parties. Valentine’s Day churns out a plenitude of unrequited, wounded birds. If you should happen to be “single” on this day do yourself the courtesy of going directly to the florist and purchase a big bouquet of flowers (don’t skimp) and be sure to include an enclosure. Have the florist fill it out in their handwriting to serve as a smokescreen. The message should imply a certain je ne sais qoi. Enclosure should read something like: “You are fantastique’!” ~ (signed) Totally enamored! If you prefer something with more pizazz and lasciviousness by all means jazz it up. As a rule of thumb ~ any pitfalls, shortcoming or neglect from your beloved should be discarded as the clock strikes 12!
Love is patient and Kind,
It doesn’t envy or Boast and it’s never proud,
Love is not rude or selfish,
It doesn’t get angry easily or keep track of wrongs.
Love doesn’t delight in bad things
But it rejoices in the truth.
Love always protects, trusts, hopes and perseveres.
Love never fails.
— St. Paul to the Corinthians
“Saint Valentine, according to romantic legend, was a kind-hearted Roman priest who married young couples against the wishes of Emperor Claudius II, and was beheaded for his deeds on the 14th of February. In truth, the exact origins and identity of St. Valentine are unclear. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, “At least three different Saint Valentines, all of them martyrs, are mentioned in the early martyrologies under the date of 14 February.” Two of these men lived in the third century A.D., one being the bishop of Interamna (now Terni, Italy) and the other a priest of Rome. (Some speculate that these two figures were actually the same man.) Both seem to have been persecuted for their beliefs; the Roman priest reportedly was beaten and then beheaded on the orders of Emperor Claudius II, on or about the year 270. Legends vary on how the martyr’s name became connected with romance: the date of his death may have become mingled with the feast of Lupercalia, a pagan festival of love, or with the ancient belief that birds first mate in the middle of February. In modern times Valentine’s Day is a day of special romantic sentiment and gift-giving among lovers.”
Also: http://www.novareinna.com/festive/valentine.html http://www.pictureframes.co.uk/pages/saint_valentine.htm