February 14, 2009
When you think of Valentine’s Day, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Flowers, chocolates, and Valentine’s cards? Probably. I think Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that most of us don’t even think about how it actually originated.
The holiday is named after two among the numerous Early Christian Martyrs named Valentine. The Roman Martyrology, however, only mentions one Saint Valentine and he was buried north of Rome on February 14th. If you’re interested, here’s more about Saint Valentine.
Modern Valentine symbols include hearts, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. In Roman Mythology, Cupid is known as the God of erotic love and beauty. For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved Cupids. I’ve had a print of this painting in my bedroom for many years.
I’ve always admired the work of Michelangelo and have always had a fascination with Rome. This painting is one of my favorites. I have a huge print of The Creation of Adam hanging in my foyer.
I’ve been wanting to go to Rome for many years, mainly to see the Sistine Chapel. I just have to see this in person!
I hope everyone has a Happy Valentine’s Day. I’m not thinking about boxes of chocolates or a dozen roses this Valentines Day; I’ve got visions of cupids dancing in my head. I’m dreaming of the day BigSis and I are able to take our dream vacation to Italy.