Happy Valentine’s Day.
Who was St. Valentine? There are at least three different theories and even more speculation on the identity of the “real” Valentine. No matter the story, the unifying element is that they were all martyrs who died on February 14. What a lovely beginning to a day dedicated to love.
Most of us hope to receive a gift of candy, flowers, or a sweet sentiment on a pretty card, but from the 1840s to the 1950s, you risked receiving a vinegar valentine. These cards contained an insulting poem or illustration and were often sent anonymously, so the recipient was left guessing who disliked them. The insult reached new levels when the sender posted their horrible sentiment C.O.D., which forced the unsuspecting to pay the postage for the insult. One year, the Chicago post office refused to deliver 25,000 Valentine’s Day Cards since they were deemed “overly indecent.” Thankfully, the practice has gone the way of the dinosaur.
In honor of this crazy, mixed-up day, here is a poem for you:
Roses are red,
Violets are blue.
I’m bad at gardening,
And even worse at poetry.
Did you write yesterday? Are you writing today?
Keep on writing.
Jo Hawk The Writer