Valentine's Day: Love is in the air!


Today is a day that celebrates love, romance and friendship. A day where tokens of appreciation are given and received. So on this day as your heart reaches out and you eat chocolate, take some time to read these Valentine's day facts.

1. King Henry Vll of England in 1937, declared February 14th the holiday of St. Valentine's Day. 2. The color red represents strong romantic feelings making the red rose the flower of love. 3. Valentine's Day is the second most popular card sending holiday after Christmas, with about 150 million Valentine's Day cards exchanged. 4. In the US, over $1 billion worth of chocolate is purchased for Valentine's Day. 5. Venus' (the Roman Goddess of Love) favorite flower was the red rose. 6. In the US 73% of people buy flowers for Valentine's Day. 7. Cupid became associated with Valentine's Day, because he was the son of Venus. 8. The oldest love poem is written in a clay tablet from Sumerian's time (the inventors of writing) and still survives today. 9. The heart is considered the source of all human emotions, hence the association with Valentine's Day. 10. Doves mate for life so they are considered symbols of love.

On this Valentine's Day I would like to dedicate this poem to my husband;
Love, like a tree,
sends its roots down deep
so when the storms of life abound
and the winds of adversity blow,
it shakes and bends
and goes with the flow
but doesn't break or fall.
And during times of drought
it drives its roots down deeper
so whatever comes and goes—
summer, winter, spring, or fall, 
the good times and the bad—
it stands the test of all.    
- by Dick Innes


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