“In a world full of temporary things
you are a perpetual feeling.”
- Sanober Khan
I wondered what picture to include with today's post and then I found this photograph of a bleeding heart which I took last year in my garden. Every year when they come out and flower, I lose myself around them with my camera. They look so tempting when the morning sun hits them the right way. I can't stay away.
I went yesterday with Angel to get some chocolate treats for her classmates. She will hand them out in school on Tuesday together with the Valentine cards she made herself. The people were hustling in the store, buying flowers, chocolate, greeting cards and other Valentine gifts. The Valentine's fever is in full swing, that's for sure.
I grew up in Eastern Europe; Poland to be specific. We didn't celebrate Valentine's Day. I mean, I heard about it but it was more for young lovers to express their infatuation with one another than anything else. There were no people running around with flowers and boxes of chocolate, that's for sure. It was a quiet day for young people in love to walk hand in hand and gaze into each other's eyes. I didn't even hear about it until I was fourteen.
When I came to Canada I was shocked at the seriousness of the affair. Valentine's Day was a big business and everyone was participating. I gave in and participated for many years as well, until the thrill kind of wore off. I saw the Valentine's Day for what it really was: an old tradition blown out of proportion and turned into a commercial frenzy to get the people to spend as much money as possible. Attached people felt unduly pressured and single people just felt awful. Completely unnecessary if you ask me.
|The Lupercalian Festival in Rome(ca. 1578–1610)|
Today I couldn't care less for Valentine's Day. It's a day like any other for me. I don't know why, maybe it's because I'm no longer a maiden and my child bearing years are over. :P I do acknowledge it for the loved ones in my family though and it does give a good excuse to get a chocolate fix. I usually get my loved ones some chocolate treats and an extra treat for myself. After the morning Happy Valentine wishes are exchanged and everyone has their chocolates, we carry on with our day as with any other. I like to think that we give each other a lot of love every day and so we shouldn't need a special one to express it.