February 14, 2009
Be My Valentine.
Today is a sunny, bright day; the first time that I truly feel that spring is somewhere out there, not so distant anymore.
What a beautiful day for the 14th of February, also known as Valentine's Day. To me this is a tradition that I was first exposed to when I moved to the US in 1992. I arrived on the 30th of January 1992 and on the 14th of February I was already asked out on a date. Of course at that time I had no idea what Valentine’s Day was and would I have known that, I would have declined the offer.;)
I the early 90s, this celebration was not very common in Scandinavia. In fact I do not believe we celebrated it at all. During my absence, I think the people of the north embraced many of the foreign festivities, which is fine by me. I always like a reason to celebrate something and I love traditions.
And today is no exception. This is day meant to be a day of love; and even if it is the romantic love, which is in focus today, any other kind of love should not be dismissed.
I wish everyone out there a wonderful Saturday, no mater if you have a Valentine in your life or not. Or if you are, just like me, miles and miles apart from one.
Although highly commercialized in some aspects, I would like to believe that this day is simply a celebration of love itself.