I seem to have caught the stupid flu that is going around. It is absolutely horrible. I have been in bed for three days and today is the first time I have felt even remotely well enough to venture farther than the kitchen to get some soup, crackers and ginger ale. Ugh this has been one of the worst weeks I have ever had. Monday sucked at work and Tuesday I had to come home early because I started running a high fever. Add all of the lovely symptoms I have had that I will not even go into, because you really don’t want to know.
Fortunately for me, mom made me some homemade chicken soup and went to the store for the standard flu supplies when she came to check on me after she found out from my sister that I was sick. Thank God for moms, because mine is the greatest.
Now that the fever has subsided, I am certain that I will be feeling perfectly fine in time for work on Monday. I cannot believe I missed so much work this week. At least my boss is understanding, especially with so many from the office having come down with this lately.
Valentine’s Day has become so commercialized that the majority of people do not even have a clue as to where it even came from. Do you know why we celebrate Valentine’s Day? It’s all about greeting cards, flowers, chocolate and selling jewelry, right? Don’t forget the jewelry stores selling diamonds to eager couples to want to marry. Kids exchange valentine’s at school, families exchange gifts as well as lovers. But what is the true meaning behind it? Where did it come from?
There are several saints with the name Valentinus but the holiday is generally attributed to just one. He became a martyr after being executed by Rome. Just before his execution he healed the daughter of his jailer and wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine”. However the holiday itself came to be celebrated in 14 century when the idea of “courtly love” became popular among the aristocracy. Christians celebrated Valentine’s day in recognition of several martyrs named valentine, not just one.
People would exchange handwritten notes until an enterprising young lady in Massachusetts began mass producing paper lace cards to people to exchange on her father’s printing press. In the mid 20th century people began exchanging gifts as well the modern day Valentine’s day came into being and the commercialization was in full swing. So if you didn’t have any idea before where this holiday came from, now you know.