I Believe In Love (In Defense of Valentine’s Day)
There are some who poo-poo Valentine’s Day, often with contempt in their voices, claiming that it’s just a “hallmark holiday” dreamed up to move product. I don’t know about that -- from what I can find online, the day has been about love all along -- hundred or thousands of years before hallmark was founded.
One of the possible origin of Valentine’s Day stories centers around St. Valentine continuing to perform marriages for soldiers and their mates, even after Rome declared that soldiers should be single.
"One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.” (from the history.com
If you ask me, this isn’t that far from people marrying same-gender couples when the law says it’s not ok. It’s about the Love, people.
Anyway, one thing my friends hear me say frequently is this: Love Always Wins. Today we get the chance to really revel in the Love. Celebrate it, laugh with it, take your clothes off and dance naked in the warm rain of it!
If you follow the commercialized hoard where the holiday is concerned, that’s cool if that’s what you want to do. Me? I’ll believe in Love and hold it in my heart every day, no matter how Pollyanna or trite that sounds. Today gives pause to reflect and draw attention to Love. Gifts or no, cards or no -- this day makes me smile, even when I’ve been without a partner. And that’s always a gift.
Love always wins. xoxo. http://www.history.com/topics/valentines-day