THE CRANKY OLD MAN
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018
why we started celebrating Valentine's Day on February 14th?
I stole this
from an Arnie Seipel, I believe an NPR editor.
From Feb. 13 to 15, the Romans celebrated the feast
of Lupercalia. The men sacrificed a goat and a dog, then whipped women with the
hides of the animals they had just slain.
The Roman romantics "were drunk. They were
naked," says Noel Lenski, a historian at the University of Colorado at
Boulder. Young women would actually line up for the men to hit them, Lenski
says. They believed this would make them fertile.
The brutal fete included a matchmaking lottery, in
which young men drew the names of women from a jar. The couple would then be,
um, coupled up for the duration of the festival — or longer, if the match was
seems a couple of Romans named Valentine were executed on February 14, and
somehow their martyrdom became part of the celebration.
There are those who
want to get rid of Columbus Day because Columbus was not nice to the inhabitants
he found when he landed in the Americas.
Currently there is a
bit of a brouhaha about our National Anthem because one verse which no one ever
sings refers in a most politically incorrect way to slavery.
There is a movement
to remove any statue that was erected to remember southern “Hero’s” who fought
against the union.
These are all fair
complaints about a few traditions in this country; but if we are to eliminate
Columbus Day, change our National Anthem and tear down statues, then for crap
sake shouldn’t we stop celebrating a holiday whose roots are in whipping women
with the skins of sacrificial animals?
Besides, I hate
Valentine’s Day.It is a day where
husbands are tested.
Did you remember?
Did you put some thought into your present? Did your neighbor’s husband give a
better more thoughtful gift you inconsiderate jerk!!!? (I’ve heard of that
last one from others…not me…ever.)
If you do get a nice
gift and your wife is happy, she remembers next year, and you had better match
or improve on the gift or you may be accused of “Not loving me as much as you used to!” (I’ve heard of that from others…not me…ever.)
Valentines Day.Restaurants raise their
prices and still are fully booked.Florists make a bundle, candy is sold like crazy.Everyone does well on Valentines Day but the
poor schlub who forgets or under celebrates.
Except for those
first few hormone-fused Valentine’s Days of early romance, Valentine’s Day is a
day of fear for most men.It is a day to
survive but seldom win.
This year it will be
a dinner and a movie, but I had better do something else or I will be a loser.
I ‘ve thought about
beating Mrs. C with an animal skin, but she is not into ancient
traditions.I could get her flowers,
that seems passé, but usually works with women.
I do have one trick
up my sleeve, I could profess my affection to Mrs. Cranky for all to see on
this here blog. Here it is: