Happy Valentine’s Day

A retro valentine card from the early 1970s.

Hello and happy Valentine’s Day! It’s a celebration that means nearly nothing to me, but it is fun to gather up a collection of Valentine’s Day images and thoughts.

Wait a minute. Before I fully commit to saying that Valentine’s Day means nothing to me, I should share a deeply meaningful memory that I literally just remembered.

My mom’s grandfather used to send all his great grand kids valentines day cards — and he had a pile of great grand kids! It was touching and thoughtful. When I was a child, I can’t say I didn’t appreciate the gesture, but when we’re children we are surprisingly young and haven’t had that many experiences yet. So I naturally accepted that all very old men were incredibly thoughtful. Not so, as it turns out. Just ask a whole lot of old women. They’ll tell you. 🙂

Bert lived to be 101 years old and I think his interest in others contributed to his longevity. Heck, thinking back, I think his interest in everything granted him a long life. His good genetics and good fortune too, of course. You can be interested in everything, curious and enthusiastic, but heart disease or a tanker truck in the opposing lane crossing the centre line can put a quick end to all that. (Another cheery Valentine’s Day thought from me. You’re welcome.)

Speaking of cheery thoughts, Ernest Hemingway had a truckload of them. Here’s one for this special occasion and it can conveniently be extended to the Christmas season, as well:

So that’s how that happened. I’d heard a different story.

Something to consider:

“I don’t understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine’s Day. When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a medieval weapon.”
– Anonymous

Now unlike Maxine, this is romantic. You can always count on Pablo Neruda to deliver the good stuff:

Thanks to poetryfoundation.org

Take care and have a happy day! – Lori

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