Love Waits Half Naked on the Bed

How’s that for a Valentine’s Day title? I read it in a poem not too long ago, and it stuck in my head. And while this posting has nothing to do with being half naked or in bed (at least not directly), I couldn’t resist the temptation to grab your attention…and I did, didn’t I?
By the way, St. Valentine was not some chubby cupid who flew around shooting arrows into people’s hearts. St. Valentine was apparently a priest. Here’s what says about him:

One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men — his crop of potential soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons where they were often beaten and tortured.

According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first ‘valentine’ greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl — who may have been his jailor’s daughter — who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed ‘From your Valentine,’ an expression that is still in use today.

Who’s to know how much, if any of this, is true. But no matter. My wish for you today is that you find love fluttering in the air. If you do, grab it, hold it close, breathe it in, roll around in it and wrap yourself in it. It is the most precious thing you will ever have in your possession.

The First Kiss – Kim Anderson (


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