Monday, Feb. 14, is Valentine's Day. This is just a friendly reminder to not forget your sweetheart on the one day a year set aside to remember. I personally think it would be a better world if we remembered to be nice and thoughtful to each other every day of the year. I am not a marriage counselor, but I think it would cut back on the high divorce statistics.
Valentine's Day has been around a long time. One article I read said it originated in ancient Rome. Boys drew girls' names from a love urn on a special day in February. The custom has continued through the centuries and is linked with the feast of St. Valentine, a bishop of Rome who was martyred on Feb. 14, 270 A.D.
Among the popular gifts of today are jewelry, flowers, stuffed animals, special cards and candy. At one time a nice dinner out would have been a treat, but in today's society, many couples eat out more than they eat at home.
I know a home-cooked meal (by me) could be a welcomed Valentine's gift for my husband, Dale. In years past I have made his favorite pie or cake as a gift, but as a rule, we are candy givers. I like my chocolates. I have no idea how many pounds of chocolate I have received since the first red heart-shaped box of candy he gave me when I was 14 years old. There is a lot of chocolate under the bridge.
As we get older the gift does not matter as much as the thought. Giving a Valentine message seems to be more important to women than men, but remembering should go both ways.
During the teenage years, it is especially important for guys who are dating one girl not to forget Valentine's Day. It seems to give the girls bragging rights when they share with their friends what they received.
There is no age limit to enjoying thoughtfulness, so men and women of all ages should keep Valentine's Day, birthdays, anniversaries and Christmas holidays in mind and give or do something special for their sweethearts -- even if they have been together 50 years.
I just may make my husband's favorite pie -- if I can find my recipe. I do remember it is coconut cream, but it has been awhile since I have made one.