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St. Valentine’s Day

Feb 15th, 2014 | By | Category: Geri Roskopf's Blog

Geri Roskpf St. Valentine was a third century priest who, try as legend has it, secretly married Christian couples so husbands didn’t have to go to war. Because he did not renounce his faith, St. Valentine was arrested, beaten with clubs and executed on February 14. The celebrating of St. Valentine on the day he was beheaded, doesn’t really go with the image of the patron saint of love, young people and happy marriages.

As a child, I loved Valentine’s day -— exchanging cute, little Valentine’s Day cards and I always looked forward to turning over those sweetheart conversation hearts to find sayings such as Me + You, I Love You or Be Mine.

As an adult, I still enjoy getting a card and maybe candy or flowers — although the husband (the romantic that he is and says he is just kidding) tells me that candy makes you fat and flowers just die. I do remember, though, getting flowers once when he towed in a flower delivery truck that was in an accident.

I think I need to explain to him the traditions of cute cupids on a Valentine’s Day card is a sign of love, chocolates are considered an aphrodisiac and flowers symbolize emotions or messages that carry a non-verbal message — namely, I’m thinking of you, you’re special and I love you.

I know guys probably think Valentine’s Day was made up by card companies, florists and candy makers to just make more sales and money, but it is one day when people have a chance to tell loved ones (whether verbally or with a card and/or gift) I love you and you are special to me. I know with the busy lives we have, these words are not said to our loved ones enough.

It’s been a busy, exhausting winter for most towers this year. I would encourage all of you to take the time to make someone’s day by greeting them with a smile. I got my husband a Valentine’s Day card that reads, “I don’t know why I put up with you” and on the inside it says, “Oh yeah, that’s right – you put up with me!”

Guess that’s what Valentine’s Day is all about.