Valentine's Day is upon us.

What is it? Who was St. Valentine? I am glad you asked me those questions.

First there were three St. Valentines, all of them martyrs. One of them was a priest in Rome, one was a bishop in Interamna the third died in Africa. All supposedly martyred on Feb 14. It was nothing any of the three did that caused the day to be a traditional day of lovers sending letters and tokens of affection to each other. It is the date of their deaths that is the root of it.

Chaucer wrote that the birds came on St. Valentine's day to choose a mate and from that we get the tradition of choosing our mate on this date. It has become something other than for lovers. Valentine's day cards are given to friends, co-workers etc.

Flowers and candy along with a card are traditional exchanges between men and women who are in love.

I wonder what kind of boost to the economy this has. Christmas has its impact on the economy in a very large way. I am sure that Valentine's day does also though to a lesser degree. That friends and co-workers, aunts, uncles and other relatives are included is good because it lets people know they are cared about, helps the economy and lets us feel good about ourselves.

So gentlemen get out there and buy a special card for your mate, your wife your girlfriend and every one that is special in your life. I promise you it won't hurt and the rewards will more than amply pay the cost.

Tongue in Cheek

I am not cheap I am very frugal so to all the special people in my life Happy Valentine's day. My Pickup is paid for, and your Valentine is in the mail. aValentine's Day is upon us. What is it? Who was St. Valentine? I am glad you asked me those questions.

First there were three St. Valentines, all of them martyrs. One of them was a priest in Rome, one was a bishop in Interamna the third died in Africa. All supposedly martyred on Feb 14. It was nothing any of the three did that caused the day to be a traditional day of lovers sending letters and tokens of affection to each other. It is the date of their deaths that is the root of it.

Chaucer wrote that the birds came on St. Valentine's day to choose a mate and from that we get the tradition of choosing our mate on this date. It has become something other than for lovers. Valentine's day cards are given to friends, co-workers etc.

Flowers and candy along with a card are traditional exchanges between men and women who are in love.

I wonder what kind of boost to the economy this has. Christmas has its impact on the economy in a very large way. I am sure that Valentine's day does also though to a lesser degree. That friends and co-workers, aunts, uncles and other relatives are included is good because it lets people know they are cared about, helps the economy and lets us feel good about ourselves.

So gentlemen get out there and buy a special card for your mate, your wife your girlfriend and every one that is special in your life. I promise you it won't hurt and the rewards will more than amply pay the cost.

Tongue in Cheek

I am not cheap I am very frugal so to all the special people in my life Happy Valentine's day. My Pickup is paid for, and your Valentine is in the mail.