Valentine’s day today: It’s one of those days when most of us hurry to find a present as we never have time to do something nice and individual ourselves. And for sure, there are some wonderful things around. My choice is the Tory Burch paperweight. A couple of centuries ago it was not about presents at all. Only today I learned that the first reference to Valentine’s day is found in Geoffrey Chaucer’s The parlement of foules [The Parliament of Fowls], 14th century:
For this was on seynt Volantynys day Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make.
[For this was Saint Valentine's day, when every bird of every kind comes to this place to choose his mate.]
How lovely to find out that this is the day to celebrate the coming spring!