Monday, February 13, 2006

Happy Valentine's Day

Readers:

I just couldn't decided what to do for Valentine's Day. I sat down last night and thought about it, and all I could come up with was everything I didn't want to do: list Valentine movies to watch (St. Valentine's Day Massacre), list Valentine's music to listen to (My Funny Valentine), write about the history of St. Valentine, do an anti-Valentine piece. I even scanned a Valentine a teenaged boy had drawn for me, thinking back to earlier Valentine's.

I decided to do something sentimental and corny. I got out my book of craft papers, some lace doilies and scissors, and I made you some Valentine's:




It isn't the size of your house as such
That matters so much at all.
It's the gentle hand and it's loving touch,
That make it great or small.

The friends who come and the hour they
Who out of your house depart,
Will judge it not by the style you show,
But rather the size of your heart.


It isn't the size of your head so much,
It isn't the wealth you found.
That will make you happy--it's how you touch
The lives that are all around.

For making money is not hard--
To live life well is an art;
How people love you, how they regard,
Is all in the size of your heart.

....or the size of your rack

Now you KNEW I wasn't going to play it straight,
all the way through... didn't you?

Happy Valentine's Day, Everyone.



44 Comments:

Anonymous drew said...

Happy chocolate covered VD, Cube!

And if you don't want to listen to music or watch movies, celebrate the holiday in the spirit which it was intended. Find someone whom you care about, join arms and trot on down to your local pharmacy and throw lots of money at the greeting card and seasonal candy aisles! *muah!*

Love,
Drew

9:10 AM  
Blogger Washington Cube said...

Aren't you the one who told me it's not VD without sharing it with the ones you love? Happy Valentine's Day, Drew. :)

9:13 AM  
Blogger I-66 said...

Happy Valentine's Day, Cube.

The last one made my day ;)

9:20 AM  
Blogger Momentary Academic said...

Oh, Cube. In the end it is the rack that matters, isn't it? Have the happiest of Valentine's Days.

9:24 AM  
Blogger Reya Mellicker said...

Beautiful valentine! Thank you!

9:27 AM  
Blogger Law-Rah said...

Love it!!!

9:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was there a real St. Valentine? The history is unclear, and that uncertainty led the Vatican to remove St. Valentine from the Roman calendar of official, worldwide Catholic feasts in 1969. There appear to have been three men who could have been St. Valentine: one was a priest in the Roman Empire who helped persecuted Christians and was beheaded on February 14 by order of Claudius II; one was a bishop, who was beheaded by order of Claudius II (scholars believe that these men were actually one person, beheaded by the Roman emperor between 269 and 273 on the Flamian Way. The third candidate for the St. Valentine part was a bishop of Terni, imprisoned by Emperor Claudius II, who, while in prison, healed the daughter of a prison official. That official and his family converted to Christianity. No fan of this phenomenon, the prefect of Rome, Furius Placidus, had St. Valentine beaten and then beheaded (Furius indeed).

So what does this saint have to do with lovers? Historians theorize that St. Valentine became associated with love because his feast day, February 14, fell the day before the Roman festival of lust, Lupercalia. Lupercalia was celebrated by the Romans for 800 years, when young men would draw the name of a young woman in a lottery and keep her as his lover for the next year. Pope Gelasius I attempting to give this custom a Christian spin, dedicated this festival to St. Valentine, rather than Lupercus, and changed the lottery to have young men and women draw the name of a saint whom they whose example they would follow for the next year. Buzz kill.

The Lupercalian custom continued in the form of handwritten notes from young men to the object of their affection. Although the Christian holiday erased the devotion to the god Lupercus, the sending of notes continued, but with the name of Valentine associated with it.

Death by beheading melds into candy, cards and continued angst.


grince

10:05 AM  
Blogger Washington Cube said...

-66: Several of my friends have already said "La Rack" was their fav. Who doesn't love boobage, right?

Momentary: One would think. ;)

Reya: Thank you and have a good birthday WEEK!

Law-rah: Thanks and Happy Valentine's Day to YOU.

Grince: Spoken like a true (and I mean this in a good way) Catholic girl. ;) Have fun with your Sweetie today.

10:14 AM  
Blogger Sub Girl said...

happy vday! nice valentines.

10:23 AM  
Blogger Washington Cube said...

Sub: The same for you. Try and do one "fun" thing today to lift the winter "bleh."

10:27 AM  
Anonymous Wrethcat said...

Baking Chocolate Catnip hearts :-)

My man loves my rack, but what about the back?

"What you gonna do with all that junk inside yo trunk"?

As the cady gets out of hand, I bet there gets to be more junk in that trunk than intended

Happy Passionate Lover's kisses and kinky aspirations day! Whips at the ready!

*Crack*

>^, ,^<

10:34 AM  
Blogger I-66 said...

I am such a fan of boobage.

10:35 AM  
Blogger playfulinnc said...

You love to pull the punch and tickle at the end, sneaky Cubie.

Mmmm.

Happy Punch and Tickle? (As long as it's consenting adults, right?)

10:38 AM  
Anonymous DRFS/Sue said...

Happy V Day to you Cube and to all your many admirers!

10:46 AM  
Blogger Hammer said...

Supercomputers have racks? Wow!

Ain't life grand?

11:07 AM  
Blogger VP of Dior said...

cube this is awesome. actually, the last card looks like a corset i would wear. ever thought about fashion design? :)

happy hearts day!

11:32 AM  
Blogger Stef said...

Lupercalia 2006! Let's bring it back - who's in? ;-)

Great post, as always. Happy Valentine's Day to you!

1:49 PM  
Blogger Rob Lowe said...

You rock sista. SO crafty. I feel like such a loser because all I'm going to do is masturbate.

Have a happy valentine's day.

rl

2:29 PM  
Blogger Johnny said...

The rack is hot.

Unless its a torture rack.

Still hot.

muhaha.

2:54 PM  
Blogger Merujo said...

Beautiful. Best use of doilies, ever. (Let Santino try that on the runway!)

I was actually going to try to be creative with paper last night, and I remembered that my scanner no longer worked. (Crap!) Nice job, Cube. Have a lovely Valentine's Day!

Cheers,

Merujo

3:21 PM  
Blogger Washington Cube said...

Wrethy: Enjoy the day with your true love.

I-66: You and every man I know.

Playful: The Brit's have slang for "slap and tickle." Same thing. You've got some good music (mix) to listen to today. Have a wonderful Valentine's Day. Emote, Playful, Emote...you're an actress. :::swoon:::

3:30 PM  
Blogger Washington Cube said...

Drfs/Sue: Have a wonderful Valentine's Day. So far, mine has been going great.

Travis: Yes. Supercomputers have racks. Now shoo. ;)

Miss VP: Happy Valentine's Day to you. I have female friends who are well versed in the art of corset wearing. I have a few myself. It was amusing designing that card. The funny thing is, they were all done in under ten minutes, so I was happy enough that they scanned well.

Stef: Happy Hearts Day to you, and Happy Birthday ALL WEEK!

Rob: I love you. You are SUCH a guy. I can always count on you. Laughing.

Johnny: I think I have someone I can introduce you to on both scores.

Merujo: Thank you. It was a rush job when I had totally run out of ideas on Valentine's Day. P.S. WHY is Santino STILL on that show? Fixed, I tell you.

3:36 PM  
Blogger Isaac Washington said...

Happy V-Day Cube!

3:50 PM  
Blogger always write said...

Does a pair of hearts beat a flush? Or make one?

Happy V-Day!

4:27 PM  
Blogger Velvet said...

Happy Valentines Day to you too Cubie!

4:37 PM  
Blogger Washington Cube said...

Issac: Thank you and the same for you. I've been enjoying the blog you share with Lonnie entitled:
dcdrinks.blogspot.com (a shameless plug.)

Always: Cute AND Sweet. AWWWWWW.

4:39 PM  
Blogger Tales From the Club said...

Cubie - As the Knight of the Crusade said to Indiana Jones, "You have chosen ... wisely" - good call on a nice way to celebrate Valentine's Day in blogland.

Happpy Valentine's Day.

4:42 PM  
Blogger Washington Cube said...

Miss Velvet!!! :D Happy Heart's Day to you... and the Gentlemen of Craig's List. ;)

4:47 PM  
Blogger Washington Cube said...

Tales: Thank you, and the same to you. Good luck on your view-a-thon.

4:52 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Aw, I'm going to pretend that was just for me. Yay for getting a Valentine! I hope you have a wonderful day. Treat your heart, and your rack, well!

5:19 PM  
Blogger Washington Cube said...

Megan: My personal day has been going very well. I hope it is the same for you.

6:25 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

Thank you, WC! I was "screaming" on a response to the Rock Creek Rambler that I better get a red heart today! You and my dear grandson obliged. Am much pleasured.

K

6:42 PM  
Blogger Washington Cube said...

Kate? Welks. :D

7:36 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

I have always liked making valentines. I love the little heart doilies that always stick together and I love the glitter and sequins and ribbons. Did you ever make the woven hearts that form little baskets? Have a wonderful love-ly Valentine's Day!

9:15 PM  
Blogger Washington Cube said...

Happy Valentine's Day to you, Barbara. I love all those simple little craft projects for the various holidays. I'm corny when it comes to these things. I think I'm a thwarted third-grader.

9:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is wrong with you?

Britnurse

8:59 AM  
Blogger elvira black said...

LOL--happy belated VD! Boy did I have a doozy of a nightmare of a V day, but that's another story for another time. That was a very sweet post, and I loved the zing at the end!

9:16 AM  
Blogger Washington Cube said...

Belated Happy to you too, Elvira. :)

9:23 AM  
Blogger Smash said...

Hope your day was what you hoped it would be . . . mine was all sex and candy. ;)

9:59 AM  
Blogger Washington Cube said...

Smash: I had a wonderful day, myself. God..I haven't thought of that song in ...ages. What ever happened to that group?

10:23 AM  
Blogger Sharkbait said...

Thanks for the well wishes. You are spectacular!

11:08 AM  
Blogger Washington Cube said...

I read your blog, Shark. Sounds like you had a great day. P.S. Loved your little snow person.

11:43 AM  
Blogger Complacent Chase said...

You are adorable! Happy V-Day! (well, belated since it is the day after)

4:07 PM  
Blogger Rob Lowe said...

I always wanted to see cheyney nude. Not in a "I will get titilated" sort of way, but rather in a very macho "let's see that guys wrinkly junk," sort of way.

Girls wouldn't understand.

If you could photoshop his face on a gay porn star (or even hasselhoff in a speedo) it would be super fantastic.

8:46 PM  

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