Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Welcome the doves, but beware of squirrels!

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Since Santa and his flying reindeer have left town with an empty sack of toys, Love Day will arrive tomorrow. And with February comes that little archery-happy cherub, firing little heart-tipped arrows at unsuspecting passersby.
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I was going to try to get an assignment for tomorrow, but I'm still not feeling well (pinched nerve) and poor Mom nearly broke her hand today. (Two extremely heavy antique platters and a glass bowl fell on it). I'm worried about Mom's hand, but I think she'll be okay. To be safe, I really don't think she should be driving anywhere tomorrow but knowing her she won't let an injury get in her way.

This year I made Mom a card, as I always do on holidays, and then 3 necklaces. I hope she'll like them, although there are little things I'd like to change on one of them. Eventually, I'll take pics.

Anyway, if I did go to the junior high tomorrow there's no doubt that a lot of Amore would be permeating the air. Valentine roses, cards and stuffed teddy bears everywhere. Last year, during 2nd period, the principal made a special announcement over the loudspeaker to tell everyone to please leave their classrooms to put their teddy bears, "cupid-wupids," Valentine candy and "puppy-wuppy's" away in their lockers until the end of the day.

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And earlier, during the regular announcements, the students were firmly reminded of the rules of tangible courtship, as the "public displays of affection" on campus were lasting a lot longer than school policy allowed.

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Ahh, young love...

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I confess to being a little addicted to popular quotes and holiday traditions from days past, so for this post expect to find smatterings of lovey-dovey passages and a list of romantic traditions.

I figured who better to start us off than the Roman poet himself, Ovid. This particular quote I've always liked because it's short, simple and gets straight to the point.

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So here are some Valentine’s Day facts and superstitions. (Who DOESN'T love this stuff?) I found all of this on the internet, so I'll provide the links below. Enjoy, and Happy Valentine's Day!

Or "Single Awareness Day" as I call it.

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BIRDS

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Robin: a sailor
Sparrow: a poor man that will bring lots of happiness
Owl: remain spinster
Bluebird: a happy man
Blackbird: a priest or clergyman
Crossbill: an argumentative man
Dove: man with a golden heart
Goldfinch: rich man
Flock of doves: happy and peaceful marriage

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- In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.

- The Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare's lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet every Valentine's Day.

- Richard Cadbury invented the first Valentines Day candy box in the late 1800s.

- Alexander Graham Bell applied for his patent on the telephone, an "Improvement in Telegraphy", on Valentine's Day, 1876.

- The oldest surviving love poem till date is written in a clay tablet from the times of the Sumerians, inventors of writing, around 3500 B.C

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SUPERSTITIONS

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- If an individual thinks of five or six names considered to be suitable marriage partners and twists the stem of an apple while the names are being recited, then it is believed the eventual spouse will be the one whose name was recited at the moment the stem broke.

- In Medieval times, girls ate unusual foods on St Valentine's Day to make them dream of their future husband.

- If an apple is cut in half, the number of seeds found inside the fruit will indicate the number of children that individual will have.

- To be awoken by a kiss on Valentine's Day is considered lucky.

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- On Valentine's Day, the first guy's name you read in the paper or hear on the TV or radio will be the name of the man you will marry.

- If you see a squirrel on Valentine's Day, you will marry a cheapskate who will hoard all your money.

- If you find a glove on the road on Valentine's Day, your future beloved will have the other missing glove.

- If a man hands you a key, you will be able to unlock his heart.

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GIFTS

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- In some countries, a young woman may receive a gift of clothing from a prospective suitor. If the gift is kept, then it means she has accepted his proposal of marriage.

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FLOWERS


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Yellow: Jealousy

Cactus: You will have a quarrel

Oh, yes. If a man handed me a prickly cactus for Valentine's Day... I think there would be a quarrel, too. Photobucket

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We never did put out any of our Valentine decorations this year. We have lights for the outside of the house and windows, a big Valentine bear and the little dining table scene pictured below:

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