Love and Romance
(and indulgencies of Valentine's
What started all the hoopla??
|In A.D. 270 in Rome a bishop named
secretly married young couples, despite the emperor's edict forbidding
marriage. Valentine's refusal to renounce Christianity and its customs
led to his execution on February 14. Legend has it that while in prison
awaiting his fate, Valentine fell in love with the daughter of the jailer.
He signed his farewell message to her: "From Your Valentine." Valentine's
Day is named in his honor.
~ "An Exceptional Valentine"
by H.B. London Jr., Focus on the Family magazine, Feb. 2000, p. 12~
Other Valentines (who were also
martyrs) became confused with the afore-mentioned Valentine and/
or was forgotten.
Cupid and Psyche
"I think you're supposed to get shot
with an arrow or something,
but the rest of it isn't supposed
to be so painful."
~A Boy, age 8 ~
|According to Roman mythology, Cupid
was the son of Venus, the goddess of love and beauty. Cupid was known to
cause people to fall in love by shooting them with his magical arrows.
But Cupid didn't just cause others to fall in love - he himself fell deeply
As legend has it, Cupid fell in love
with a mortal maiden named Psyche. Cupid married Psyche, but Venus, jealous
of Psyche's beauty, forbade her daughter-in-law to look at Cupid. Psyche,
of course, couldn't resist temptation and sneaked a peek at her handsome
husband. As punishment, Venus demanded that she perform three hard tasks,
the last of which caused Psyche's death.
Cupid brought Psyche back to life
and the gods, moved by their love, granted Pysche immortality. Cupid thus
represents the heart and Psyche the (struggles of the) human soul.
love these little gems...buy them by the bagful;)
Hearts, originally called Motto Hearts, were created in 1886.
Conversation Hearts are produced a year.
*They are manufactured
in Massachusetts, Wisconsin and Louisiana.
bring new Sweetheart sayings selected from Seventeen magazine (First
Kiss) and American Girl reader.
*To make Valentine's
even sweeter and a lot fresher,ULTRA mint Kiss Me Sweetheart will
be launched in 2001.
especially for the new mint treat, will be "Ultra" and "Kiss Me."
sodium-free candies contain approximately three calories per small heart
and six calories per large heart.
turn-of-the-century, more than 250 billion Sweethearts brand Conversation
Hearts have rolled off the production lines.
"All I really need is love, but a
little chocolate now
and then doesn't hurt!"
~Lucy Van Pelt (in Peanuts,
by Charles M. Schulz)~
"Seated high on a golden throne,
Motezuma observed by his subjects with reverent awe, repeatedly drank from
a golden goblet containing a beverage called chocolatl.
When the Indians honored the Spanish by offering them the bitter, dark
brown drink, they explained that the beans from which it was made had come
from paradise, and so each sip would bring wisdom and knowledge..."
3000 years ago, chocolate was enjoyed by the Mayans and Aztecs. Cocoa
and hot chilies where combined to make a drink called "chocolatl"
were introduced to the drink in the 17th century..dropped the chilies and
became indulgencies of Seventeenth century 'Social Elite'. "Chocolate
houses' sprang up everywhere.
became popular in the 1800's. The first chocolate bars were just
tablets of coarse-ground chocolate and sugar.
who brought chocolate to the American colonies.
*In 1765, a
man named Baker started a chocolate mill near Boston.
Sons discovered a way to make chocolate edible in 1847.
discovered a means of making eating chocolate much smoother and less bitter.
Richard Cadbury created the first heart-shaped Valentine's Day boxed candy
sometime around 1870.
"Love is like a flower, give
it time and it will grow"
"...Then he kissed her. At his lips'
touch she blossomed
for him like a flower and
the incarnation was complete."
~The Great Gatsby (1925), ch.
Geoffrey Chaucer (1340?-1400 A.D.). wrote poetry about Love every
year. These 'love poems' were illustrated by his intricate flower imagery.
He called them his "Valentine" poems. Named to honor Valentine ,
the Bishop in Genoa, Italy in the year 307 A.D.
Upon the death
of this Bishop Valentine a great feast was proclaimed to honor him
by the Roman Catholic Church May 3rd.
May 3rd was
also the last day of the Roman (pagan) "Floralia" (Flower) festival.
The goddess Flora, in whose honor the Floralia were held, had a colorful
career. She is the goddess of fertility in the fields and bestows
honey by calling winged creatures (birds and insects) to the flowers. She
also presides over youths whose bodies are flourishing. The Floralia festivities
were characterized by flowers, frolics and flirtations.
So it was to
Bishop Valentine that Chaucer dedicated his floral fantasies. Unfortunately,
he never actually pointed that out, so his contemporaries shrugged their
collective shoulders and followed suit in bestowing blossoms to the more
famous St. Valentine born almost 40 years earlier. Soon, flowers
and Valentine's Day were forever linked, 500 years before they could actually
"I'm not rushing into being in love.
I'm finding fourth
grade hard enough."
"The day that we first met, the angels
Do you carrot at all for me?
My heart beets for you,
With your turnip nose
And your radish face.
You are a peach.
If we cantaloupe,
Weed make a swell pear.
|"But of all these friends and lovers
There is no one compares with you.
And these memories lose their meaning
When I think of love as something
Though I know I'll never lose affection
For people and things that went
I know I'll often stop and think
In my life, I love you more."
~Beatles "In My Life"~
Pick a Card
|The first commercial valentines
were produced around 1800. Exchanged as messages of love, these cards became
popular when postal rates were reduced and the Victorian 'Penny Postcard'
became all the rage.
To celebrate the holiday in the Victorian
way I have designed a few 'guestbook calling cards' for you. Click
below on the link and pick out your card...no link required...just be sure
to spread Valentine's message.
Sign my Guestbook Please;)
a Valentine Calling HERE
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