Brad Messer Commentary • KTSA • Friday, Feb. 13, 2004


Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day supposedly was started by pagans to protect their flocks of sheep. Roman Catholics co-opted it to honor a saint. Folk historians say it's the day birds choose their mates. Whatever Valentine's Day started out as, it isn't now. Valentine's Day in our lifetimes has been about the expression of love.

The religious leaders of Iran forbid any observance of Valentine's Day. A lot of Iranians ignore that. They're buying flowers and chocolates and cards just like the rest of us.

It's good to have a day set aside as a reminder. Most of us don't express our love anywhere near as often as we think it.

And you never know. Every single time we say I love you, it just could be for the last time. We can never be sure. Twin towers, car wrecks, RPGs in Iraq... pretty good reasons for saying I love you more often than just tomorrow.

Brad Messer— commentary, KTSA.



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