Cupid's Day  

RedheadedMedStd 35F
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2/14/2006 7:33 pm

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Cupid's Day

Some people say that Valentine's Day was made up by FTD, Malley's, Godiva, Hallmark, whomever. This is however, untrue. The day of Cupid goes back about 2,000 years.

One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men -- his crop of potential soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons where they were often beaten and tortured.

According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first 'valentine' greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl -- who may have been his jailor's daughter -- who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed 'From your Valentine,' an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories certainly emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic, and, most importantly, romantic figure. It's no surprise that by the Middle Ages, Valentine was one of the most popular saints in England and France.

So here's to the Roman goddess' son. Or in Greek mythology Aphrodite's son Eros.

So smooches to you and yours!


SlowPlayin 51M

2/14/2006 8:16 pm

OK ... so you're a cutie AND a smartypants If only I were 10 years? ... younger. Good post, Red ... a cool bit of history that I had no idea about ... I love that.

tillerbabe 57F

2/15/2006 8:17 am

Thanks sweeitie!!!{=}

MillsShipsGayly 53M

2/15/2006 3:07 pm

Toasts 'eros' to the erudite Red

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