Give up! The weekend will be awash with pink, rose and red and you don’t need to be in a relationship to get into the swing of it. Find your inner romantic even if the romance is an out of control love of chocolate brownies or these cupcake cuties. The idea of covering the living room floor or a friends with craft paper glue and sparkles or the kitchen with food colouring and templates for cookies sounds just the ticket. If you’re feeling crafty do share your efforts with us by instagraming them and hashtaging us #riversidecares
In the UK the messaging is all about the couple experience, having lived in America I much prefer their way of dealing with the day, its celebrated by everyone, dining out, one frequently encounters groups of friends decked out in splendid red attire clearly not on dates. In the same vein there surely can’t be that many Americans of Irish heritage but on St Patricks day New Yorker entirely embrace their inner Dubliner. Card stores carry cards that are clearly from owners to their beloved dog or cat, school children can wish class mates or even their teacher a lovely day.
A dear Canadian friend shared how she weirded- out all her friends when she can to the UK to go to university, she was in the habit of sending everyone a valentines card and proceeded to send her whole class a card – she realised from the first funny look on the morning of the 14th that the gesture was entirely misunderstood!
Of course the history of the day is far from fluffy and romantic, one is actually remembering martyrdom and relics in churches. Perhaps we can thank or chide our very own Geoffrey Chaucer way back in 1382 added his poetic view of the day setting the tone we recognise today with this overt romantic message translated to the Valentines card we send today.
For this was on seynt Volantynys day
Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make.
I rather like Slovenia‘s take on Valentines Day, its more about good health and spring being sprung. February 14th is the day plants and flowers start to grow and birds propose to each other!
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