So today's the day. Men traipse off to Tesco to buy overpriced flowers that were £5 cheaper the day before and scour the shelves of everything you can possibly think of that has a red heart on it. Mrs Rev and i exchanged cards this morning and i, as i have done for years, had cards and chocolates for my daughters. This particular yearly tradition means that i have to buy four valentines cards and then try and explain to the shop assistant why i am buying so many to avoid being labelled as some sort of promiscuous bloke and being the talk of the town.
It is of course a special day and a day to remind our loved ones how much they mean to us, buy them something nice and share a bottle of wine and a nice meal.
St Valentines day has been celebrated since 269 AD and has since changed its guise from being the advent of spring to a day of love, i personally wish it was the start of spring, i am sick of being cold and the snow and ice is doing my head in. Anyway i digress, an old norfolkian tradition used to see a man named Valentine approaching the rear doors of peoples house and leaving sweets for children on the back door step. Hmmm a strange guy loitering around peoples back gardens i wonder why that didn't catch on??
However you celebrate St Valentines day, whether it be huge public displays of affection of just a card, then enjoy. I see so many posts on social media about being single on Valentines day but nothing i have ever read has actually said its about a partner, wife, girlfriend or boyfriend. It's about the people that you love, so pick up the phone and call your Mum or Dad, take your Grandparents some flowers or pop in for a brew, arrange a glass of wine with your best friend or brother or sister.
We all have people we love in our lives. Take a moment today to tell them that.