I always like to be able to sneak in a little history behind holidays and customs. St. Valentines Day has plenty of legends, myths and stories. But I discovered the creation of connecting love birds to this holiday by accident on the internet. It always makes me happy… learning something new.
It goes back to that famous writer of old….Chaucer...himself
Geoffrey Chaucer was the first to link the Catholic martyr St. Valentine with love in his poem Parlement of Foules (1382.)
It was written to celebrate the anniversary of the engagement of King Richard II to Anne of Bohemia.
In this earliest of valentine images, all the birds, the whole parliament of fowls, are gathered in the most beautiful of all the gardens in the world….the Garden of Love. Chaucer wrote:
For this was on seynt Valentynes day
When every foul comyth there to chese his make
For this was on Saint Valentine’s day
When every bird came there to choose his mate…the creation of the idea of love birds as a metaphor for human love on this special day of remembrance for a royal anniversary and Saint Valentine… began on February 14.
Pictures of Real Life Love Birds today….
Yes…love is in the air today…no matter the cold temps and constant rain here…you can’t erase love.
I ordered one of the Celtic Fairy lamps advertised a lot over Christmas…it arrived just in time for Valentines…there is something so pretty about little twinkling white lights…It creates the perfect feeling of comfort and love on St. Valentines Day…with a hint of magic for good measure.
So until tomorrow…
To all us “lovebirds” today…Let us remember human love extends to so many people in our lives, family, friends and people we admire in history and current events today. Isn’t it nice that “one size” doesn’t fit all when it comes to love…love comes in all shapes, sizes, forms, and circumstances…it will always be the magic that makes the world go round…
…And speaking of love and magic…Jo texted me this adorable picture and metaphor for rainbows and eternal love on this Valentines Day. Quite appropriate. Jo always sends a smile! 🙂
Almost ready to close the door, but at the end of the ride, there will be the most beautiful rainbow…filled with so many promises.
“Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh