Valentine card-giving is a tradition honored worldwide for individuals to express and convey the feelings and wishes of their hearts to those they care about.
St. Valentine, a Roman Christian, promoted Christian marriage and love. While in prison awaiting his execution for refusing to give up his Christian faith, he fell in love with the blind daughter of the jailer and miraculously restored her sight. According to legend, his final act of love the evening before his martyrdom on February 14, 269 A.D, was to write her a farewell love note and sign it “Your Valentine.”
We still continue to write “From Your Valentine” in the simple to elaborate cards we send in the mail or leave on the doorsteps of those we care about. Nothing is more wonderful than to receive an envelope and open it to words of love, secret feelings, admiration, gratitude, and laughter.
In our modern world, printed cards, internet, apps, and emails offer even more opportunity to reach out to others. Yet, even though many of the cards in the stores are very beautiful and almost appear homemade, they don’t always capture the whole feeling we may wish to express. In these moments, a whole world opens up for us to use our creative skills. There is something charming about the love that comes from a hand-drawn, hand-cut, or hand-painted card.
Nonetheless, when sending a card, it presents an opportunity to say, “I love you” or “I appreciate you” in a very personal way.
Take time to create the beautiful life by giving cards from the heart.
With love, Jenny Mock