As promised, here goes! We are doing the weekly countdown to Valentine’s day. I just couldn’t wait for Saturday (tomorrow) to publish this blogpost. It’s ready and what’s a girl to do?… I am generally excited to share. Isn’t it what writer’s do? To think of it. Are all bloggers necessarily writers? Because all writers aren’t bloggers, though most writers are encouraged to blog too. (Life of an over-thinker… who happens to blog and maybe thinks of herself as a writer). You have permission to wonder what this blogpost is all about. This introductory paragraph may not march the title… but who cares, right? WRONG. Aaah! I aspire to be a disrupter. Wait, you can’t aspire to disrupt, you just disrupt.
I hope I haven’t lost you. Can I just say that I have changed the title of this post at least three times this week. 1) If all roses were RED (catchy I thought)
2) Express your RED (sounded too marketing campaign, promotional item)
3) No. 5 counting down to V-day! (not comprehendible, given that last week’s post wasn’t: No. 6 Let’s start the V-day countdown).
In my previous blogpost I alluded to RED as the colour of love. Many a poet has spoken of crimson, a shade of red. For those who love hymns, I am sure crimson isn’t a new word for the day! Crimson is a dark shade of red. A colour that expresses depth and sacrifice. I shared that love is about action and giving. I hope you’ve read Countdown to Valentine’s day What I didn’t emphasize, is that it (love) is the giving of self, even to the point of death. Yes, to such an extreme. Christianity (because it is the religion I have “experience” with) is all about a father who gave His all. His very best, to the point of death.
I will attempt to tell the Valentine story. I don’t have much to say, but, you already know it is about love. In essence, the ultimate show of love that knows not bounds. The priest Valentine would secretly marry couples at a time when marriages and engagements were banned in ancient Rome. The then Emperor Claudius, had put a halt to the pairings because he found it hard to get soldiers to go to battle. He felt that soldiers hesitated to go to war because of family concerns. When Valentinus was jailed, he fell in love with the jailer’s daughter who would visit him in confinement. Before his death, he wrote a letter to his love and signed out, “from your Valentine”. The statement became a “thing” to say or write for Valentine’s Day.
Now I hope we are clear that the V-day is about the expression of love. Some people will wiggle out of the day with statements like: “It’s just an over-commercialized day!” or “Why should I only express my love on one day of the year?” or “Don’t I express my love to you daily?” I, for one, will definitely wear blue on the day. Royal blue, for sure. Yes, I plan to express my love to a particular someone in a special way. Wait, that means I may have to start planning now! I won’t make a reservation (because I secretly hope he will). I will buy him… a present? The expert gift givers say that men generally like functional gifts. You know, something he will actually use. Not a card please! Unless it’s for a club membership card.
We’ve all heard the famous rhyme: “Roses are red; Violets are blue…” Some have completed the rhyme, “That is why, I love you”. A random thought…I should search for lyrics by famous rappers. I bet you these very fast rappers have used the “roses are red, violets…” line. These rappers know we are very impressed by their skills, although we don’t hear all the words. Some of us just nod along and then promise to also use our talents and maximize our potential in our spheres of influence. Moving on…
Here are some lines, for those who do not like to cheat in exams…
Roses are red, violets are blue:
- I will never love anyone, the way I love you.
- honey is sweet and so are you
- and love has said, it should be you
- you love me, I love you
So, if you are thinking all roses are red, they aren’t. I am even more confused to learn that there is a shade of red known as “rose”. On to some suggestions. Let’s give a yellow-coloured rose flower to our friends this V-day. The orange-coloured rose flower to show passion and enthusiasm. White roses for happy-love. Pink for sweetness and gentleness. Lavender (a light shade of purple) for enchantment. Combine red and white roses to send your message of oneness.
Yes, I am suggesting flowers for V-day! For those of us who like carnations or orchids or lilies, please drop your hints early! For the flower givers, here are some images, so you can show the florist… just incase the name of the flower “escapes” your mind.
How about we take things a notch higher! Ladies, raise your glasses we are about to have some wine! I have a confession to make. Of late the “have some wine!” line has been used in my circles to toss away dating stories. Especially dates gone bad. So, I want to suggest that we plan a ladies night out to celebrate ourselves, just. And, wait for it… V-day is on a Wednesday! It’s official. We are having a ladies night gig for V-day!
Ok, so to conclude this post. We’ve talked a little about getting a suitable title for your blogpost – get as many ideas and just choose one! We’ve talked about the Valentine story. We’ve agreed to express our love by a deliberate action to and/or for the person or petson we love (… the object of our love… it could even be self!). We might try poetry… We’ve said V-day flowers don’t just have to be roses. We’re maybe having a ladies shenanigan (look it up!)… until next week… Cheers!