I woke up this morning and saw my Facebook page littered with comments of love and appreciation for spouses as well as those bitter comments filled with resentment coming from all my single friends. It got me thinking about this commercialized holiday where the price of roses skyrockets and poor hubbies are praying that a store will still have a box of chocolate he can pick up on his way home. What is Valentine's Day supposed to be all about?
According to the history, the origin of the day cannot be pinpointed yet there are many legends as to where the day came from. My favorite is the legend of St. Valentine. According to one legend, an ancient emperor in Rome banned marriage and disallowed men from having any emotional connection with their spouse. He thought this would make them better soldiers. St. Valentine didn't agree with this so he would marry men and women in secret. When the emperor caught wind of this, he ordered the death of St. Valentine, which happened to be on...you guessed it, February 14th. Since then the day has been a celebration of love, affection, and sharing gifts with those you care about.
In my book, this doesn't necessarily equate with being a couple. It can take on a whole lot of different meanings, mostly remembering to celebrate our freedom to love. I will be sharing this day with my husband, of course, but also with all those in my life that I love, my precious daughter, and family and friends. Spread the love everyone, and leave the $100 roses to someone else.
Happy Valentine's Day!