Some people, even in my own household, suggest that Valentine's Day was created by greeting card companies to make money off of us romantic saps. I beg to differ and then ask even if that were true so what? I say it's not a greeting card holiday. Certainly, St. Valentine's Day can be traced back to Chaucer's Parliament of Foules. And while it's true none of the Saints Valentine recorded by the Catholic or Orthodox Church have this feast day or were patrons of romantic love, this is still a day worth celebrating.
Tonight we'll probably try to have a quiet couple's evening -- a movie, a nice dinner, a glass of wine -- if the girls stay in bed. Whether we succeed or not, though, I do want to say to my husband "I love you!" And to my daughters and everyone else I love, "Happy Valentine's Day!"