“For it was one St Valentine’s Day that every fowl cometh to choose its mate”. That’s a line from a 14th century poem that is believed to be the first reference to Valentine and his role as the patron saint to lovers. Valentine lived in the 3rd century BC and was martyred for refusing to give up Christianity. Emperor Claudius had him killed in a most gruesome way as often happened at the time.
He was beaten to death but of course we know love can’t be beaten so Valentine’s Day lives on. It might be tough to get a reservation at your favourite restaurant if you haven’t already made one. A lot of guys are OK with that. They’ll just stop and grab a card on the way home and dinner will consist of hot dogs and a six-pack. Today is the 2nd largest card-giving occasion of the year, Christmas being number one, and over a billion dollars’ worth of chocolate is purchased. I asked my bachelor son if he had a date for Valentine’s Day. He said yes, February 14th. I have no idea where he gets his sense of humour. Happy Valentine’s Day, and I’ll leave you with that shortest of fairy tales that goes, “Once upon a time a guy asked a girl to marry him. She said no, and the guy lived happily ever after”. (I know, that’s bad).