Today is Valentine's Day! That special time each year where expressions of love, friendship, lust and chocolate play major roles. By 21st Century standards, the holiday is fast-becoming obnoxious, with cheap dark red, market-purchased flowers that may last a few hours if that, the proverbial heart-shaped box of waxy chocolates and the enormous heart-holding bear folks purchase at the corner of the local gas station. No wonder there is no romance worth speaking of these days.
Actually, Valentine's Day goes way back in history, but I found some interesting and different customs worth investigation from the 18th Century.
So, if you're looking for something fun to do today, for the good of the day, forego the obvious present-day Valentine offerings, and pin some leaves to your pillow, send a handmade anonymous card to someone you admire or lust after, listen to some beautiful music (how about Chopin? Rachmaninoff?), watch an old romantic movie (how about Now, Voyager! or Camile or Random Harvest - get out the kleenex). Or, find someone to heave, or be heaved, but don't forget to wear something lacy!!