Theories abound about the origin of V-Day, but the most popular legend is about a Catholic priest who lived in the 3rd century. The story goes that Father Valentine was imprisoned and executed for performing marriages for Christian couples secretly during a time when the Roman Empire banned marriage.
Father Valentine sent a letter to the jailor’s daughter, who had visited him in prison, signed “From your Valentine,” This act of love inspired the modern celebration of Valentine’s Day as a day of love and romance.
So, a priest sent a love letter to his jailer’s daughter. That’s not creepy, is it?
If you are single and without a love connection on Valentine’s Day, it’s important to remember that your relationship status does not define your self-worth. Have fun with the day.
Here are a few things that might help you have a positive and enjoyable day:
- Celebrate self-love: Treat yourself to something you love like a special meal, a movie, a new book, or whatever brings you joy.
- Spend time with friends or family: Surround yourself with people who love and support you. Have a Galentine’s or Palentine’s Day.
- Reach out to others in need of a kind word or gesture.
- Embrace your inner cat/dog/plant parent: Spend the day spoiling your furry, feathered, or leafy friends with extra treats, belly rubs, and TLC. They love you unconditionally.
- Embrace your inner grinch: Wear all black, listen to sad songs, and eat junk food.
A couple of poems to my daily loves (and I use that word loosely):
A Valentine for My Computer:
My love for you is like a virus
It spreads through my computer with ease,
I can’t function without you,
You’re my RAM, my hard drive,
my keys to everything
A Valentine for My Cell Phone:
You light up my life,
You’re always by my side
glowing in the dark
when I’m alone
Whatever you do, focus on what makes you happy and surround yourself with optimism and humor. So go ahead, have some laughs and enjoy the holiday on your own terms.
My Valentine to you:
February 14th is also Library Lover’s Day and International Book Giving Day.