This month I’m not featuring an author, so I thought I’d feature LOVE, instead. It’s a perfect month for it. But why?
Well, you say, it’s St. Valentine’s Day. But if you read the story behind his special day, it’s anything but romantic–a three part execution? Not very loving. However, Valentine did follow through on his belief in marriage by secretly marrying Roman soldiers against the Emperor Cluadius’ edict that soldiers should not be married. Well, that’s how poor Valentine was beaten, stoned, and beheaded. The first Valentine card was actually a farewell note to a young girl he’d befriended. He signed the note, “from your Valentine.”
February’s also the month of Lent, a time to remember the days Jesus spent in the wilderness enduring Satan’s temptations. Catholics give up things they love ( it’s supposed to be a sacrifice after all) for this period.
It’s the shortest month of the year, but I can’t figure out how that relates to love. It seems the name of the month came from a Roman god, Februus. This god took his name from the purification festival called Februa–a time of ritual washing. I’m scratching my head over why they’d choose February for a washing of any kind; it’s also the coldest month in the northern hemisphere. Found this article and now it makes sense.
Want to test your knowledge about February? Here’s your chance. Answers next week.
1 February was the only name this month has ever been known by.
2 February along with January were late comers to the calendar. Originally, there were only ten months.
Answer to T/F Questions from last week.
1 During the mid-1300s, the Black Death destroyed about 1/3 of Europe’s population.
*TRUE. They estimate that 25 million people died between 1346 and 1353. But this pandemic popped up again in the 1600s and the city of London lost one in five of his people.
2 The plague that caused the Black Death is really a rodent disease that’s always present, and only includes humans accidentally.
*TRUE And this would shake my cowgirl boots if I had some. Yersinia pestis is alive and well in mice, camels, chipmunks, prairie dogs, rabbits, and squirrels.
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