From Your Valentine

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Why is it that we take everything that is good and try our best to turn it into something that is marketable? Take Valentine’s Day for instance. Somehow, just saying, “I love you” isn’t enough any more.

All of the hoopla started, according to legend, when St. Valentine, who was in jail at the time for marrying couples against the orders of the Roman Emperor, sent a letter to the jailer’s daughter before he was executed and signed it, “From Your Valentine.”

That supposedly started the custom of sending hand written greetings of affection, which soon led to cards with romantic poems to say what people were unable to say for themselves. The cards were called Valentines (of all things). Cards were not such a bad thing since a lot of people seem to be too embarrassed to actually say how they feel and need a poet to say it…

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