Personally, I have always liked Valentine’s Day. I can just about remember Mrs Smith – my infant’s school teacher at Woodchurch Road School – getting us to cut out heart shapes from tissue paper and glue them to colourful pieces of folded card and write a message inside to our Mummies. However, if truth be told, I really wanted to give my card to a girl named Angela but she was having none of it and hardly noticed I existed. My young love was unrequited.
We haven’t heard from our Queen for a very long time. Queen Ananasty was the person who helped me start our very first blog back in the summer of 2006. She was young at the time and the two of us used to entertain each other on Sunday afternoons when we would have otherwise been bored stiff. We would go and play golf, bowls try and find her socks after I had stolen them – you name it, we usually got into trouble doing it. The two of us used to go off and get into trouble and then post stories on our very first blog. Fun times. However, today is Valentine’s Day and so I thought I would share one of our old stories from back in those early days. These were even pre-teddy bear days…
Everyone here at Jammy Toast would like to wish all our friends a very happy Valentine’s Day. People make this wish every year and send each other cards but I can’t help but wonder just how many people know where Valentine’s Day comes from or even who Saint Valentine was? Well, in fact, there are numerous early Christian martyrs named Valentine. However, the Valentines honoured on 14th February are Valentine of Rome and Valentine of Terni.
The Bears would like to wish all the Friends of The Bears a very Happy Valentine’s Day. We make this wish every year but this time we thought we would look at how Saint Valentine’s Day, the name by which it first started, came into being. There are numerous early Christian martyrs named Valentine. The Valentines honoured on 14th February are Valentine of Rome and Valentine of Terni. Valentine of Rome was a priest in Rome who was martyred in about AD 269 and was buried on the Via Flaminia. His relics are at the Church of Saint Praxed in Rome. Valentine of Terni became Bishop of Interamna in about AD 197 and is thought to have been martyred during the persecution under Emperor Aurelian. He is also buried on the Via Flaminia.