Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Ode to Chaucer and Valentine's Day


I just love Wikipedia and today I got caught up in looking at the history of Valentine's day. I just knew it had to have started long ago and wasn't just some ploy for the card companies to get us to buy more cards.(Incidentally I bought 3 of them today and a pack for Sadie's class) I figured the holiday had to do with the martyred Saint Valentine, but it doesn't. Apparently it was never thought of as a day for lovers until Chaucer wrote about it in his poem Parlement of Foules. Have you ever tried to read this guy? Wow is it hard to translate! That is some messed up old English. So he made Valentine's into the lovey dovey holiday we know it as now.
A day to find a mate and give each other cheesy cards.(I hope my husband doesn't think his card or gifts are cheesy though!) I never thought much of the holiday until finding him because of some dirty candy hearts I made back in 2006. Now we are having our third Valentine's together and our first as husband and wife. It is a day I can embrace happily now. Before I was full of bitterness about it. It happened to be my asshole ex's birthday so he had fairly well ruined it for me for many years. I will enjoy it because I can. I will forever think of my love for my husband when I see a candy heart even if it does say CUNT on it.


Some quotes By Chaucer~

“Women desire six things: They want their husbands to be brave, wise, rich, generous, obedient to wife, and lively in bed”

“Love is blind.”

“Time and tide wait for no man.”

“By nature, men love newfangledness”

10 comments:

Tristram said...

I love Chaucer and Malory too, if you are ever in need of an old English translator, I read that stuff a lot and can help out!

Sammi said...

Yep, he's an old (pause) English translator all right!
(haha! sorry, I couldn't resist calling him old...)

Doug said...

Chaucer, didn't he write those naughty Canterbury Tales...?

Tristram said...

Sammi, you're a snot!

Doug, yes he did write Canterbury tales!

Sorry Lube, I'm answering your questions!

Knifeboy said...

I like the dirty candy hearts!

Fijufic said...

Good stuff....I would be reluctant to give out nasty candy hearts however...

More kitchen shots please....

Bobby

Oladapo Ogundipe said...

Hope you had a lovely vals day and I dont think you are a snot

intelliwench said...

Chaucer and Burns are best read aloud, with appropriate accents.

Or inappropriate.

Chiaroscuro said...

I like nasty candy hearts but even better would be if they made them in nasty flavours, too.

SunTiger said...

OMG how I love vintage artwork. Today's art is not nearly so innocent

 
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