Despite its crass commercialism, it’s hard to ignore the message of love that Valentine’s Day evokes.
There are several stories about the origin of the day of lovers — and they all come back to Valentine. One is of a third century priest who defied the Emperor Claudius and performed secret weddings on young lovers. Claudius believed that single men made better soldiers than those who had wives and children and forbid them to marry. When the emperor discovered what Valentine had been doing, he ordered his imprisonment and later his execution.
Another Valentine rescued Christians from the beatings and torture they received in Roman prisons. Still another Valentine is said to have sent a letter to the young girl who visited him in jail – he’d apparently fallen in love with her. He signed his letter, “From your Valentine.”
Whatever the truth of the origin of Valentine’s Day, one thing is sure. It’s the one day in the year that lovers, and those who want to be, feel free to express their love by sending flowers, chocolates and cards – though maybe now, they also send emails, ecards and text messages.
Valentine’s Day represents a huge economic boon to florists, restaurants, card sellers. Approximately 189 million roses are produced for Valentine’s Day. However, if you waited until today, you’re likely to pay up to four times more per rose than you would have yesterday. You’ll probably also pay more for the meal.
Here in Jamaica as everywhere, lovers will celebrate Valentine’s Day with dinner and flowers.
I have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart. – Alice Walker
Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. – Aristotle
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
– Lao Tzu
Young love is a flame; very pretty, often very hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. The love of the older and disciplined heart is as coals, deep-burning, unquenchable. – Henry Ward Beecher
Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age. – Anais Nin
Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward in the same direction. – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Love has no desire but to fulfill itself. But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires; To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night. To know the pain of too much tenderness. To be wounded by your own understanding of love; And to bleed willingly and joyfully. – Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. – Helen Keller
Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place. – Zora Neale Hurston
Love does not dominate; it cultivates. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
How will you celebrate Valentine’s Day this year?
This is my submission to Travel Photo Thursday, which is organized by Nancie at Budget Travelers Sandbox. Be sure to head over and check out more photos from locations around the world.
This week, I’m also linking up with the Friday Daydreaming series organized by Becca at Rwethereyetmom. Hope to see you there!