What Valentine’s Day Means to Me

Kenneth Eade


Of course, Valentine’s Day has its basis in history.  Before it became the day of romantic love, which is credited to the age of Chaucer, numerous early Christian martyrs were named Valentine.  The Valentines honored on February 14 are Valentine of Rome, who was a priest in Rome martyred around 496 AD and  Valentine of Terni, who was said to be martyred during the time of Emperor Aurelian.  It was rumored that Valentine of Rome wrote a letter to his jailer’s daughter the day before his execution which was signed, “Your Valentine,” which I suppose must have been the first Valentine’s Day card.

But February 14th will always be a different day for me.  Since I was 12 years old, it has always been known to me as the birthday of my dear friend, Jason.  If there was a crowd of people gathered around someone, it was inevitably him, telling his…

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