You love your partner, don’t you? Are you saying, ’Happy Valentine’s,’ today? That’s fine but shouldn’t we be telling our loved one that we love them every day? There is no point in using this day as the day to proclaim it if you don’t show love all year. It doesn’t have to be with flowers, chocolates, cards or gifts; it’s about showing love. Help each other with the housework, compliment them, encourage them, be their most supportive and loving person.
Can you believe that it is estimated that one billion Valentine’s cards are sold each year? 85% of those are from women (why is that, are we more romantic?). That’s a lot of trees. Then there’s the florists. I certainly don’t begrudge them their best sales day of the year. Roses are sold by the bucket load. It’s just a shame flowers (as a love token) aren’t bought more on a whim. Why need a suggested day, that’s a mostly (now) an American tradition?
Or is it? Let’s go back to where it all began. The patron Saint Valentine is still shrouded in mystery because some say the ancient story is Christian, others say it is Roman. There’s also pagan versions of Valentine’s Day based on sacrifice and fertility. Valentine was said to be a priest; then other stories suggest he helped Christians escape Roman prisons and fell in love with a young woman. They began writing cards to each other. That’s romantic. So, Valentine’s Day started out as a month-long celebration of romance.
Either way Valentine became about a romantic figure and hero, just like a romance story in a book. I’ve got to like that, as a romance writer myself. If we’re all feeling romantic Valentines Day is a good thing, just remember it’s about every day, not just today.
It’s 14th February, for whatever reason. Why that particular day when it was originally a month-long celebration? Those who share the day as a birthday or other anniversary may feel a tad ripped off. Like my friend, John (Happy Birthday John). What a dilemma for him and his lovely wife (also a dear friend) Sue! Celebrate loving each other or his birthday? Both of course. I’m sure they’d like to change the day.
On this Valentine’s Day buy your love a romance novel. It’s a gift they can keep (roses die, chocolates are eaten, cards grow dust). Then you’re finding the true meaning in Valentine’s Day – romance.