Be My Valentine

By: Katie Kerr

Can you guess what time of year it is?  Open your box of chocolates, hug your stuffed animals, and read love notes because Valentine’s Day is here!  Lovers everywhere are uniting to celebrate the special bond they share and the happiness of being with one another on this magical day.  Cupid must be roaming the halls of Uniontown High School because love is in the air. You can find many students walking their girlfriends to class, holding hands and hugging one another. Yes puppy love couldn’t get much sweeter.

Valentines day originally came from the Christian feast day of St. Valentine and the traditional day for sending a romantic card or gift, especially anonymously, to somebody you love, but it seems now its a time not to be alone its a day to spend with the man or woman you care for and really appreciate the loved one you have.

The writings of poems, love notes, and Hallmark cards have been a tradition for quite some time now.  During the Renaissance they started the act of writing poems to their beloved and its been carried down ever since.

One of the most famous is this poem written by Gammer Gurtons called Garland in 1784:

The rose is red, the violet’s blue,
The honey’s sweet, and so are you.
Thou art my love and I am thine;
I drew thee to my Valentine:
The lot was cast and then I drew,
And fortune said it shou’d be you

 

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