This heartfelt event appears to have originated around 270 AD when a priest named Valentine was imprisoned in ancient Rome for providing aid to persecuted Christians.
According to legend, while in prison, Valentine became acquainted with the young daughter of the prison jailer. She often visited him and he began to send her letters signed “From Your Valentine”. That expression is still in use today. It’s also alleged that he may have created small paper hearts and presented them to other prisoners as a symbol of faith and hope.
Valentine himself is believed to have died in prison and buried at a cemetery near the Milvian Bridge north of of Rome on February 14th, hence the significance of this annual date.
However, the first recorded association of Valentine’s Day with romantic love didn’t occur until 1382 when Geoffrey Chaucer wrote a poem honoring the engagement of King Richard II to Anne of Bohemia both of whom were 15 at the time. The term continued to be used and in 1797 a British publisher developed “The Young Man’s Valentine Writer” to help young men compose their own sentimental verses to ladies they felt attracted to.
So this February 14th, you can keep the Valentine tradition going by letting a special someone know just how special they are! And remember…”The nicest place to be is in someone’s caring thoughts.”