Curious about the origin of Valentine’s Day, I did a little research and learned that according to ancient legend, initially Valentine’s Day was a spin-off of a Roman fertility festival that was celebrated in February known as “Lupercalia.” This pagan celebration involved sacrifices and matchmaking to keep evil spirits and infertility at bay. Apparently this festival did not involve sending flowers and chocolates to your heart’s desire.
Somehow along the way, it morphed into the celebration of romantic love. And depending on which rendition of the tale you read, the evolution of Valentine’s Day involves a priest named Valentine persecuted for doing heroic deeds in the name of love. By the Victorian era, sending love notes, or “Valentines” to your sweetheart became the Valentine’s Day celebration staple to honor the Saint who died to keep love alive.
And here I thought it was just an overly hyped Hallmark holiday, which has the capacity to make one feel a little left out of the celebration when single.
The way I see it, love comes in many forms and if a single person, such as myself, happens to be sans romantic love on February 14th, well, heck, then I say celebrate the abounding love that is all around you, which doesn’t have to be limited to the love of a boyfriend/girlfriend or husband/wife. The love we receive from and give to our family and friends should count. And the love we give to and receive from our furry family members is sometimes the deepest love of all.
Lexington, I still can’t believe you are not of this world anymore. I’m adjusting, but will love you always and miss you dearly.
Bobcat, my dear, this year, thank you for being…
My funny valentine
Sweet comic valentine
You make me smile with my heart
Your looks are laughable
Yet, photographable and my favorite work of art…
(a minor alteration of how the song goes)
Lyrics from My Funny Valentine by Lorenz Hart.
I hope everyone had an enjoyable Valentine’s Day, romantic, or otherwise.