Thursday, February 14, 2008


It’s Valentine’s Day! Today is that traditional day when lovers express their love for each other by sending Hallmark cards, FTD floral arrangements, and those nasty chocolates with the gushy centers. Somewhere there’ll be a wedding or two, a few may enjoy a night of passionate sexual fulfillment, and then there will be those of us who’ll curl up with a good book and cup of hot chocolate by our lonesome.

Valentine’s Day goes way, way back and is named after two early Christian martyrs aptly named Valentine. The day became associated with romantic love back in AD 1000 - 1300 when the tradition of courtly love flourished. Courtly love was this medieval European concept of exalting erotic desire and spiritual attainment. Nowadays, some will get the erotic but I’m not so sure many are concerned about any spiritual anything. Either way, Valentine's Day has truly withstood the test of time.

All of us have our own idea of what the perfect romantic Valentine’s Day encounter entails. I had one woman today tell me she won’t be happy if there wasn’t a steak dinner and a bottle of Blue Hawaiian Boone’s Farm waiting for her tonight. If her hubby holds up his end, then he’ll get a foot massage that’ll lead to some other body parts being massaged and she promises a sexual act that he only gets on his birthday and holidays.

Good company, a stimulating conversation, a plate of fried oysters with a great Caesar salad, and the perfect kiss from the right man at just the right moment, when every fiber in my body turns into melted butter, would do me well in a heartbeat. But since that’s not going to happen this year, I’m sure there’ll be a great book that will satisfy me just as well.

To those of you celebrating with your loved one, have a Happy-Happy. For those of you celebrating alone, have a VERY Happy-Happy. It’s Valentine’s Day and whether you’re celebrating it with someone or alone, just celebrate. Love is truly a very splendid thing to commemorate.

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