Monday, February 14, 2011

Love is in the Air!

Valentine's Day Trivia
There are varying opinions as to the origin of Valentine's Day. Some experts state that it originated from St. Valentine, a Roman who was martyred for refusing to give up Christianity. He died on February 14, 269 A.D., the same day that had been devoted to love lotteries. Legend also says that St. Valentine left a farewell note for the jailer's daughter, who had become his friend, and signed it "From Your Valentine". Other aspects of the story say that Saint Valentine served as a priest at the temple during the reign of Emperor Claudius. Claudius then had Valentine jailed for defying him. In 496 A.D. Pope Gelasius set aside February 14 to honour St. Valentine.
Over time, February 14 has become the date for exchanging love messages and a celebration of St. Valentine, the patron saint of lovers. The date is marked by sending poems and simple gifts, such as flowers, to loved ones and secret loves. By far,Valentine's Day Flowers are the most popular gift today.~internet~
A few quotes to ponder on this loving day:
Love is more than three words mumbled before bedtime. Love is sustained by action, a pattern of devotion in the things we do for each other every day.~Nicholas Sparks~
Love is always bestowed as a gift, freely, willingly, and without expectation....
We don't love to be loved; we love to love.
~Leo Buscaglia~
Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.~Peter Ustinov~

This photo was taken with my new 50mm lens. Thank you sweetheart for the best Valentine's gift ever!

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