I just had a Kristin Chenowith moment……Latte Boy……
Well, maybe not exactly like it as I was not love struck but oh so grateful and enjoying the little things that make me smile days later when I think of them.
For those of you (if you are anything like me, which for your sake, I hope you aren’t) who forget about the existence of V-Day or are completely ambivalent to it, take a moment to understand this little ray of sunshine.
Having no plans tonight other than the homework I can accomplish, I dressed up a tad, grabbed my computer and books and made haste to Starbucks.
On arriving, I was greeted by Larry in his usual friendly way. I ordered my somewhat usual order (Zen tea in a cup for here) and whilst he was preparing it discovered that I was without my money. This saddened me on several levels: 1) no tea , 2) I was planning on leaving a handsome tip and 3) there was nothing left but to go home again. Calling to him to get his attention, I informed him that he needn’t bother as I didn’t have my wallet on me. To this his response was that I should let it go, sit down and enjoy my tea. He hadn’t given a Valentine to anyone yet today. I was on the verge of objecting but he insisted.
Now I sit, quite cozy, with my tea, my books and my homework.
Three cheers for the Larrys of the world. Gave me a moment to remember and showed me the goodness of God.
As for Valentine’s day……….Have a lovely one. But also bear in mind what it is all about. Too often we forget or are not aware of the origin of the day.
A quick background:
Valentine’s Day started in the time of the Roman Empire. In ancient Rome, February 14th was a holiday to honour Juno, who was the Queen of the Roman Gods and Goddesses. The Romans also knew her as the Goddess of women and marriage.
Under the rule of Emperor Claudius II Rome was involved in many bloody and unpopular campaigns. Claudius the Cruel was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his military leagues. He believed that the reason was that roman men did not want to leave their loves or families. As a result, Claudius cancelled all marriages and engagements in Rome. The good Saint Valentine was a priest at Rome in the days of Claudius II. He and Saint Marius aided the Christian martyrs and secretly married couples, and for this kind deed Saint Valentine was apprehended and dragged before the Prefect of Rome, who condemned him to be beaten to death with clubs and to have his head cut off. He suffered martyrdom on the 14th day of February, about the year 270.
Just a reminder that amidst all the commercialism and what may seem to some as being romantic and to others as being ridiculous, there is a deeper meaning and our lives should be focused on our one True Love. The One who gave Himself for us and has an everlasting love.