Monday, February 11, 2008
I am overhearing a conversation Caitlin is having with Eugene right now. She's telling him she wants to make heart-shape Valentine cards for all her 'old' friends. I guess she realises Valentine's coming from the short conversation we had with her drum teacher this afternoon asking about his plans for that day.
Her teacher had jokingly asked her if she has a boyfriend to celebrate Valentine's Day with. She said her daddy could be her boyfriend because she loves him. There were times also that she had said she wants to marry Daddy when she grows up (as well as a boy classmate she was somehow fond of last year!).
Looking at love through a sweet, innocent child's eyes is simply amazing. Love is unconditional and knows no limits. It's just purely and simply loving the person. Period. There is no 'because'. Not because he or she is good looking, rich, intelligent, highly educated, titled or famous.
With every festival and celebration becoming extremely commercialised nowadays, we tend to get caught up in the 'glamour-isation' of the event and lose sight of the history and true meaning.
Christmas is one good example. Parties and presents are foremost in most peoples' minds when in actual fact the Bethlehem story and its significance should take centrestage.
What about Valentine's? Lovers, romantic candlelight dinners (good business for restaurants!) and roses (ridiculously priced!) come to mind. There is indeed history and meaning behind this day albeit several versions when I checked Wikipedia.
What stood out for me is the legend of this priest St Valentine who was persecuted for his faith. And before he was executed, he performed a miracle, healing the blind daughter of his jailer...
"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." (I Corinthians 13)