Monday, February 15, 2010

Emotional Overload

Jude 1: 2 Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.
Well how was everyone’s Valentines day? Good? Good.

I personally think that it is one day that is way overrated. Did you ever notice that as soon as the Christmas stuff goes down in January that they start loading up the shelves with everything Valentine?

From teddy bears, to chocolates, to balloons, to flowers. Simply over stuff the shelves and people will have Valentine’s Day shoved down their throat so much that they can’t miss it! Take that, consumer.

I’ve looked at the legends behind February 14th and some sound outrageous but others sound plausible. 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 (gasp) — 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.

St. Valentine would HAVE to be of the male species wouldn’t he? It seems more believable that a woman, whose heartstrings play the tune of love daily would be the reason behind this day of love but no, a man is to blame.

According to yet another 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.

Do you see what I’m getting at here? Are we humans that gullible to put our whole being behind a day that was in essence began as a pagan ritual? We have Cupid the god of love, St. Valentine, the bearer of tidings of love, put them together, you have another pagan holiday thrown at your feet.

Why am I telling you all of this? Well because, you see, we’re writers and we have the imagination of the ancients. We can create, spread and make immortal legends of our past too. Of course they more than likely won’t make a holiday where you have hundreds of thousands of dollars spent but hey, the story is there at your fingertips waiting to come alive.

I want today to be St. Joan of Arc Day! Now let me get my fingers tapping and make a story out of it, create a legend and voila! Create a legend. Enjoy the 21st century.

So what did I do for St. Valentines Day? I attended church, came home and had nachos. End of story. (Oh, I wrote a LOVE poem, but I do that all the time and for any occasion.)

Remember this, you don’t need one day to be put aside to give, share or feel love! But, I guess we humans of the 21st Century do need a day to be reminded to love.

Uh oh...better look comes Peter Cottontail and the Lucky Charm leprechaun.


June said...

Hey Joni,

Much food for thought here! Humans seem to be addicted to having "special" days for things that we should celebrate each and every day.

Go figure!

And I LOVE a good legend. Much stuff for writing there.

And I second Joan of Arc day! LOL!

Take care,

Stormcrow said...

Joan of Ark day, I could get behind that. How do we celebrate it, start a war in the name of God? Burn our enemies at the stake? ;)

joni said...

Hey June!

The Legend of Joan of Arc, obviously with my own spin on the matter. Maybe a 21st century tale! Woohoo
The seed has been planted, now where is PriNoWriMo? lol

And Stormcrow!
I would gladly wage a war for God, but burn people at the stakes? How archaic with all these nukes laying around. lol

Ana said...

I disagree,Joni, with this post.There's no need to be a great CONSUMER and go withe mob.You can present your lover with a simple gift,be it a rose, two poems as I did,meaningful words,a small chocolate or a cake( as in Leona's case).What matters to me is that someone I love has remembered me and has had a heartfelt and beautiful attitude.

joni said...

You disagree again? What is this two for two? :-)

My POINT in this post is that human beings get so caught up with 'the DAY' when we should tell people we love them EVERYday. We should not choose ONE day of the year to write our loved one a poem, or make them a cake, or to let them know they are special.

I make sure my man knows it everyday and in every way. I won't FOLLOW the mob and celebrate a pagan false legend because the MOB says so.

I follow God and he says, "Love your neighbor as yourself." I don't think I would be such a strong believer if he said "And do it on THIS day." :-)