Is this cheesy or romantic? Or just another commercially celebrated day? Not necessarily true to any of these factors. Let’s go back to where Valentines originated. February 14th is referred to as a “feast day” honoring two early saints Valentinus(Valentine’s Day).
It is stated on Wikipedia website that, “A written account of Saint Valentine of Rome’s imprisonment for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry . . . “Another account and/or legend, Saint Valentine restored sight to the blind daughter of his judge, and he wrote her a letter signed ‘Your Valentine. (Valentine’s Day).
But it is not until the 14th century where Chaucer played the role of courtly love that it gained attention. The 18th century brought about the expression of love by buying flowers and sending greeting cards.
Cupid came into the picture around the 19th century, to spare someone’s love, any one’s love? Yet the most famous may be Apollo and Daphne the story from Greek mythology, that Apollo held an infatuation for Daphne, and to stop Apollo’s stalking of Daphne she turned into a tree. In the present day and age, stalking is sadly connected to unwanted love, but let us keep in mind that Valentine’s Days purpose is to express likeness and love to our friends and family members.
Buy the flowers, candies, and gifts to express your Cupidness to your loved ones and others. Remember though, the expression of love/likeness should not just be a one-day affair, but 356 days out of the year. Write a note, and tell someone how much they mean to you, or better yet, hold their hand and/or pick up the phone (not a text). Do we really need a celebrated day to remind ourselves how much someone means to us? We can do better than this, right? Let me know when you are done celebrating and the honeymoon is over, and dig deep into the effort of a relationship, that my friend shows real love.
Apollo and Daphne, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_and_Daphne. Accessed 11 February 2020.
Valentine’s Day, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentine%27s_Day Accessed 11 February 2020.