Valentine’s Day

I can hardly believe that it is already February. It seems like a moment ago that it became 2014. As they say time flies when you are busy, having fun and, unfortunately, as you grow older.

The month of February has many meanings to me. My birthday is the 5th. Our co-founder, my husband also passed away on the 5th. I know those of you who knew him realize what a huge loss this was not only in my life, my family’s lives but also in the lives of everyone he came in contact with.

However, on a much happier note February 14th is Valentines Day. One of the most beautiful and romantic days of the year!

I looked up some information on when and how Valentine’s Day started and here is a little of what I found:

During the 3rd century a priest by the name of Valentine, under Claudius II in Rome, secretly disobeyed the law.

Claudius had come to believe that a single soldier was a better soldier than a married young man and so decided to outlaw marriage in order to have plenty young strong men with no wives at his disposal.

Valentine, the priest, did not obey this law and continued to celebrate the holy bond of marriage for young couples in secrecy.

Of course, the way it always works with secret clauses, he was caught and sent to his death.

The second legend believes that Valentine was a prisoner who fell in love with a young woman, who came to see him often. It is believed that she was his jailor’s daughter. Before his untimely death he wrote her a love letter, signed with ‘Your Valentine’. There fore the phrase “Be my Valentine”.

No one is even sure if February 14 was the day of his birth or his death or if it had indeed anything to do with Saint Valentine at all. The only thing that is for sure is that the Romans had a tradition in the middle of February, which would mark the 14th, called the Love Lottery. It was believed that spring and with it the renewal of life came along in the middle of February, therefore the love lottery was held, coupling young men and women for one year, often leading to marriage.

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” Lao Tz

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