Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Everyone can love
The time is 270 A.D. The Roman Emporor Claudius II chose young unattached men, who were free to leave their families, to go to war. Marriage was forbidden, but the young romantic priest Valentine, opposed the law and secretly married young couples in love.
This morning Arnfinn saw his lunch bag on the table adorned with paper hearts, his mirror in the bathroom had a heart and a huge red paper one decorated the front door. He asked me if he was safe this year. "You are never safe," I answered. History goes that Arnfinn has hearts fall out of his wallet when he gets on the train, hearts fly out of his appointment book at work, they are in his shoes, lunch, wherever. No, he is not safe today. Hearts will follow him this day - and that's because I like him!
It's Valentine's Day, a day when people dare to be a little more lovy-dovy than usual. Be it ancient courtship, medieval chivalry or Victorian formality, we all need a day that reminds us to love. With half the population being single, I would like to say that Valentine's Day is for everyone. You don't have to be in a relationship to celebrate. Everyone needs to feel loved and appreciated. If we could use this day to smile at someone, give someone a compliment, give someone a hug. As for the last one, I have a husband, who does not want to give me a hug today in fear of cathing this nasty cold that I have right now. Oh, well, there are plenty of other people I can make feel better today, even without hugging.
Today's water color is of teddy bears hugging = love!