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Valentine’s Day MAG

By Anonymous

     Valentine’s Day is a day of love and romance for some, a day of chocolate and cards for others, but for many, it is a day of bitter desperation and longing. Every year when Valentine’s Day comes around, I hear my friends whine about how they don’t have boyfriends. They go on about how much better the day would be if they had someone with whom to share it. Blah, blah, blah, whine, whine, whine! But I’m not like other girls. I’m your worst nightmare if you are having a pity party. I don’t need a boyfriend; I am just as happy (if not happier) with some cheesy romance movies and a big box of extra chocolatey don’t-hold-the-fat chocolates.

What I do find interesting about Valentine’s Day is how it came to be. Though this holiday makes big bucks for candy and card companies, they did not create the tradition. The holiday began with a priest known as Valentine, his illegal activities, and the price he paid.

A long, long, time ago in a galaxy not so far away, in a place known as Rome, lived an evil man named Emperor Claudius II, but for the sake of brevity we’ll just call him Claud. Now, Claud wanted to have a big, strong army but unfortunately, the men of Rome didn’t really want to fight in any wars, and can you blame them? Anyway, Claud got this brilliant idea that the men didn’t want to fight because they were married and had kids and all the fixings for a fabulous peaceful life. So, Claud decided to ban marriage for young men.

Here is where St. Valentine enters. A bishop and rebel who believed in love, he continued to marry couples in secret. That just makes it all the more exciting, in my opinion. On the other hand, how much would a secret wedding stink? It would just be you, Valentine, and your betrothed. Well, I suppose it would be considerably cheaper than having a big bash, but it still wouldn’t save you any money on car insurance.

Needless to say, Valentine got caught. No more secret midnight weddings for him. Claud ordered that Valentine be put to death. During his imprisonment, however, he fell in love with a girl. Yes, there is always a girl. Some sources believe the girl was the jailer’s blind daughter and that his loving devotion cured her blindness. Before his death on February 14, 270 AD, he wrote her a letter and signed it “From your Valentine.” Looks a bit familiar, doesn’t it?

There is some speculation as to how St. Valentine died. Some say that he was stoned and beheaded, others believe he became heartsick in jail and died. You can draw your own conclusions. I like to think that he was abducted by aliens and is still on Venus ... just kidding.

The above is only one of many versions of St. Valentine’s story. By now it’s probably so mixed-up that we will never really know what happened, but that is true for almost every story. What is important is that St. Valentine died a martyr for love and marriage and all that mushy stuff. And I respect him for that. I know a few girls who would probably die for the same things. As for me, a genius once anonymously proclaimed, “Forget love, I’d rather fall in chocolate.”

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MadMouse GOLD said...
on May. 11 2011 at 6:26 pm
MadMouse GOLD, Springfield, Missouri
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Favorite Quote:
'The only things worth doing on the weekend are completely pointless and wastes of time."

Your article is awesome; you have a talent for writing... I like the last line:)

on Dec. 8 2010 at 4:09 pm
Mr.Glass SILVER, Burlington, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
"It's not what they call you, it's what you answer to."

I love that last line "Forget love, I'd rather fall in chocolate." it made me laugh.

on Nov. 6 2010 at 6:16 pm
PuzzleLuver SILVER, Powell, Ohio
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Favorite Quote:
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but have eternal life" John 3:16

Amazing just amazing. The world today tend to forget the meanings of holidays and your piece truely lovely. Go St. Valentine!

on Sep. 14 2010 at 4:38 pm
Zaniarah SILVER, Smyrna, Georgia
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Favorite Quote:
There are so many I'm not sure. I have to think about that.

This is a great article. I love it, keep it up!

on Apr. 22 2010 at 6:36 am
Kitten111 SILVER, Watanobbi, Other
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Favorite Quote:
Knowledge is knowing that tomato is a fruit ..... wisdom is not putting it in fruit salad :P

I loved it and totally feel the same way :)

Great work and keep up the amazing writing :o)

Griffin said...
on Feb. 25 2010 at 10:18 pm
thanks for the article i used it or homework and got an A

on Dec. 29 2009 at 3:15 am
SerenityMine BRONZE, Not Saying, California
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Cool! I was wondering how Valentine's Day started.

Vera said...
on Feb. 15 2009 at 3:58 pm
I love this article, I use it for my homework. I'm a hollandese. And NOT good in Englisch. byeee

elena said...
on Jan. 21 2009 at 9:21 pm
I love this article it is soooo true

on Dec. 1 2008 at 2:47 pm
I absolutely love this article! It explains every little detail about Valentine's real meaning. I personally feel exactly like you Julia. We don't have to have LOVE relations with someone to celebrate Valentines day, we just have to believe in the LOVE!