I know it’s early, but let’s talk about Valentine’s Day. Any avid reader of my blog, knows that I am anti-Romantic Celebration on Valentine’s Day. I do believe it is about expressing love, but there are lots of types of love, why only celebrate the romantic kind? So, I’ll defend my anti-romantic celebration now and let you chew on it for a while. Maybe we can start a movement.
February 14 is originally a Saint’s Day, more specifically, St. Valentine’s Feast Day. From what I can find, not much is known about St. Valentine, except that he was martyred for refusing to denounce his faith under the Emperor Claudius and one of his miracles involves healing a blind girl.
However, during the Measley Middle Ages, there was a great British poet and prose writer named Geoffrey Chaucer. This is the 14th century, the time of the Black Death. However, Chaucer and his buddies are credited as making February 14th a holiday to celebrate romantic love. Essentially, it was a marketing ploy that worked so well it is still going strong today. Because if you haven’t read The Canterbury Tales or you have and you didn’t notice, the book is about sex. It is well hidden, because it was immoral at the time, but it’s still a book about sex from different view points. There are other things in the book, but not much.
This means that St. Valentine got about 1400 years of use out of it as a Saint’s Day, now Chaucer and anyone else involved in the love/romance/sex industry has gotten another 600 years of use out of it.
But let’s not take the quarterback out of the game for the wide receiver fumbling the ball… St. Valentine did heal a blind girl and he did love the lord and he may have secretly helped marry Christian couples at a time when it was illegal… So, it is a Saint’s Day that can be dedicated to love. I doubt St. Valentine romantically loved all the couples he married, but he probably did love the process and the concept of marrying couples.
Let’s keep the holiday about love, but let’s include everyone not just those who are romantically involved with someone else. We all deserve a little more love and maybe a chocolate covered strawberry or chocolate covered banana slices.