Believe it or not, Valentine’s Day existed long before Hallmark stores. It is difficult to tell the spurious from the factual in the historical development of Valentine’s Day. One tradition associates it with a priest named Valentinus who was executed under Emperor Claudius in the third century for his defiance of a law that forbade marriage of young men in order to make them better soldiers. One other story associates the day with a man who helped Christians escape from prison. While imprisoned himself, it is believed that this (or perhaps the other) Valentine delivered a letter to his beloved that was signed “From Your Valentine.”
Albert Einstein once said of happiness, “a table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?” Though the simplicity of this statement is admirable, we know that one ultimately finishes the bowl of fruit.
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