Ah, Valentines Day. I’ve been looking forward to this day since February 15th last year. Haven’t you? And I love buying expensive chocolates to celebrate Lupercalia and stay connected to that ancient deity who protected herds from wolves. Especially since that deity was an equal opportunity protector who used a she-wolf to do that. The same she-wolf that nursed Romulus and Remus. I know you’re probably getting pumped up for some chocolate now, too. Right?
OK, I know Valentines Day is different now.
And it’s all about love and adoration. And the chocolates and cards and romantic dinners are just ways for lovers to express all that lovey dovey stuff. (by the way, I’m not using the apostrophe because search engines still don’t know what they are…yeesh)
But it’s hard to forget all those other awesome customs, too. Like celebrating the coming of Spring. Or how about fertility rites. And we certainly can’t leave out how they used a lottery to pair women to men. I can just see guys popping into 7-Eleven to get those two dollar tickets every Wednesday and Saturday. Can you say, “Whole lotto love?”
Now, before you mistake me for a bah humbug dude when it comes to romance, I wrote the book. Well, actually I wrote a bunch of songs and put them in a love songs collection.
And now that I think about it, I’m still mighty attracted to my beautiful wife. So, maybe I should put some logs in the fireplace this evening and cue up my love songs collection. And then, maybe I should grill a ribeye and lay it on a plate next to some greens covered in olive oil and sea salt.
I’d be lying if I said I don’t like dessert after a hearty steak dinner. So, hmm…maybe some dark chocolate would be nice, too.
Yeah, maybe I can just forget about that whole Roman pagan nonsense and just focus on love. Because who cares about an imaginary she-wolf when there’s a real life she (or a he for you females) in the house? Am I right?
Happy Valentine’s Day. (Now, where’d I put my lottery ticket?)
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