St. Valentine’s Day – probably one of the most difficult holidays, of the year, for many people to endure. Weeks of advertising and media have bombarded us with the notion that you must be part of a couple, in order to participate in this consumer driven orgy of candy – flowers – jewelry – etc. Of course, this is all presented in a way of making you feel terribly cast out, if you are not coupled. Ironic how a holiday, supposedly based upon the warmth of “love”, does such an adequate job of emphasizing feelings of loneliness, alienation and self doubt.
St. Valentine was a real priest, martyred in the year 269, at Rome. While it is true, that he is the patron Saint of engaged couples, happy marriages, love and lovers. He also covers a few less than traditional roles, too.
He is the patron saint of those suffering from Epilepsy.
The patron saint of fainting. No stipulations on what has to trigger the faint. So, I’m guessing that “passing out in a drunken stupor” would be fall under this category.
If you are a bee keeper, than St. Val is your go to guy. This should also include those who enjoy bee by products – honey, bees wax candles, getting stung by a bee???
Saint Valentine also looks after traveling and travelers. There’s a Carnival Cruise ship stuck in the Gulf of Mexico that could use a bit of his help – those poor people!
He is the patron saint of youth. If you are young, thank Saint Valentine. If you are old, that means you were once young, and you can thank him that you grew up and stopped being such a pain in everyone’s rear end!
And for those of you infected by the plague, and I’m going out on a ledge here and saying that even if this plague turned you into a zombie, today is your big day!
See, no need to be “coupled” in order justify your celebratory mood. For almost EVERYONE has something to celebrate today.
Um, pardon me, until you find the patron saint of “Get this stupid hat off the top of my head.” Count me out!
Editors Note: According to my research, you will need to take up the “hat issue” with Saint James the Greater, patron saint of Laborers, including Milliners. His day is July 25th, so it looks like you’ve got a while to enjoy your lovely chapeau.