Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Valentine's Day

This is another one of those holidays that has its roots in Christianity but has lost all religious connections. The main historic event connected with Valentine's Day is the St. Valentine's Day massacre in Chicago in the 30's by Al Capone's mobsters. At least I think they were Al's guys. I'm sure if you asked anyone on the street who St. Valentine was they wouldn't have an answer. I just have a faint recollection of Valentine being martyred, possibly by arrows shot into his flesh, but that may be mixed up with cupid and his bow and arrows.

Valentine's Day is now associated with pledging your love to your sweetheart and that is nice. It's a good thing to set a day aside to show your love, although unfortunately, it's now something that is expected. That kind of takes some of the fun out of it. I have started buying a $3.88 bunch of flowers at Wal-Mart while I'm shopping and giving them to a stranger (so far always female) standing in line. They are always surprised and elated. Makes it fun. Just like giving your sweetie some flowers for no particular reason, makes it fun. Well, anyway, Happy Valentine's Day!

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