Not until today have I exerted any amount of thought on the origins of Valentine’s Day. After a quick Google search, naturally, and some skimming, I arrived at a www.history.com explanation that I like. So I’m quoting it instead of the other accounts that I’m sure are historically accurate. The romantic association with February 14th is explained on the website:
“During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds' mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of Valentine's Day should be a day for romance.”
Without crossing into murky waters, today does not have to be solely for the love birds. Life moves so quickly these days that, it’s easy to take people and time for granted. It’s easy to say “I’ll do it later”. Take today to tell your friends and family they’re amazing and you’re grateful for them, but most importantly, tell them you love them.
Happy Valentine’s Day