February is the month for love, St. Valentine’s Day, chocolate candy and greeting cards, right? Just ask our friends at Hallmark and Godiva. They’ll tell you. Don’t get me wrong. I love chocolate candy and Valentine’s cards as much as the next person. But, I also know that, like Christmas, February 14 can be a tough day for a lot of people. If you are single; separated or divorced; or you’ve recently lost a loved one, it might be rough to see the jewelry store ads depicting overjoyed couples. (Trust me – those are actors and they don’t get to keep the diamonds!)
Exactly who was this Saint Valentine? It depends upon which legend you prefer. One of the most common is that he was a priest during the reign of Emperor Claudius II. The emperor decided single men made better soldiers, so he outlawed marriage. Valentine defied the ruler and kept marrying young couples in secret. This really ticked off Claudius and it was curtains for Valentine. Another version has Valentine killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons. There are several other legends about the saint. Most have to do with a kind-hearted priest who somehow ended up being the patron saint of the day most hated by Weight Watchers.
As you browse the greeting card aisle or stop to pick up a box of candy, why not get one more for someone who could use a pick-me-up? I guarantee they’ll love it. If you can’t think of anyone, you can always drop off candy at SHARE in McLean, or leave it for us to take to Martha’s Table. You’ll make someone very happy, and it’ll do your heart good.