Be Mine

Wondering why we celebrate Valentine’s day? (from a literary view).


Click on The Literary Origins of Valentine’s Day for an interesting conversation about the origins of Valentine’s Day.  Although I was a literature student in my youth, I  confess that the fact that a “Saint Valentine’s Day” has been bandied about for centuries, possibly popularized by none other than good old Geoff Chaucer, slipped right by me.  For as long as I can remember, it’s always been about heart-shaped candy, deep red roses, and expensive chocolate.


When I was a kid, Valentine’s Day was fun (or not, depending on whether I got any “Be Mine” cards).  As an adult, I always waited for the day to be over.  I prefer to give gifts, to shower love on those I love, when I feel like it, not when the consumerist forces of the market insist that I demonstrate my feelings for another.  Since my husband and I…

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