Saturday, February 8, 2014

Happy Birthday Valentine's Day Babies

Hi, my name is Pam and I wanted to extend a Happy B-day to all February people, but especially persons born on Valentines' Day.  
My youngest sister, Sue, was born on that special day.  My younger sister, Deb and my older brother Frank, used to tease her.  

As you have noticed, we were all given short, one syllable names for a reason.  My Dad told us, before we were born, he would stand out on the porch and yell names out to see which ones were best for yelling purposes.  This was before the advent of the pager, let along the cell-phone.  In the evenings all you heard were Mothers yelling for their kids to come home for dinner.  We learned to be good yellers back then.  

Anyway, my sister, Sue, was born on Valentine's Day.  She was born with an extra piece of cartilage on the top of her ear which gave her a pointed ear.  Yeah, weird.  We just figured Cupid gave her one of his.  And once Star Trek came out, there was no turning back from the Spock jokes.  FYI, she still has the pointed ear.

Do you happen to know anyone born on Valentine's Day with a strange physical attribute?  I did a google search, but all I could find were kids born with heart-shaped birthmarks.  It would be neat to hear of stranger attributes.  

During my search on Google, I found a book written in 1918 by Astra Cielo called Signs, Omens and Superstitions.   Here is what it said about St. Valentine's Day:


St. Valentine was a Christian bishop who suf-
fered martyrdom in 270 A. D. on February 14th. 
He was later ordained the patron saint of true 
love. Maids and youths were accustomed to be- 
come engaged on that day in his honor. 

Sending verses and picture cards to one's best 
beloved has become a popular pastime in England 
and America on Valentine Day. A girl who 
fails to receive a remembrance from some swain 
is doomed to die an old maid. 

Says an old Valentine verse: 
"When I go out, the first swain I see, 
In spite of fortune shall my true love be." 

On the eve of Valentine's Day it was the cus- 
tom for a man to get five bay leaves, pin four of 
them to the comers of his pillow and the fifth 
in the centre, and then go to sleep. If he 
dreamed of a girl, he would marry her before 
the year was out. 

Another custom was to write your friends* 
names on pieces of paper, roll them in clay and 
throw them into a dish of water. The first paper 
that floated up indicated the one you would marry. 

If you expect a visit from your true love on 
that day, keep your eyes shut till he comes. If 
you see another man first, it may mean a loss of 
the other's love. 

To be married on Valentine's Day betokens hap- 
piness and success. 

Thanks for reading,


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