Hey people,

So it is ‘valantine’ day, lol. It almost feels like it will be wrong not to have a Valentine’s Day post hence, this. I don’t really see the biggie in the concept of the 14th day of February, to be honest. I think love can and should be shown as often as possible. In fact, I think the powers behind capitalism have so much sensationalised Valentine’s Day that next to Christmas, this is the most money making period in the year. Please do not take my rants to be a result of being on what is traditionally known as a ‘jonzing/roasting level’. What does this mean?

Roasting level:

[roh-sting..lev-uhl] –adjective

No to Vals

This is a state of being whereby you, either knowingly or otherwise, are not going to get ‘valled’. As a roaster, you either go about chanting that vals day means nothing, you really don’t know what the hype is about anyways. In fact, you find people in this category digging deep into the history of the tradition and even unearthing something sinister about it. We all know why. It is all about the jonzing/roasting level syndrome.

Fellow jonzers band up together and form an alliance of comfort. The lovely hearted ones try as much as possible to join in the fun of valentine and not be a ‘hater’ lol. Whilst the extremely ‘burnt’ ones will rant all through the week preceding the 14th and usually up until the 16th when the whole hype must have died down. Anyways, believe it or not, I’m not a hater but I really don’t care much for vals and I do have a few historical facts to share about the St Valentine’s Day, hehehe.

Valentine of Rome was a priest in Rome (some say it’s the “Valentine of Terni”) who was martyred in about AD 269. Legend says that the then Roman Emperor, Claudius II, opined that single men could make better soldiers than the married ones; and decides to forbid young men from marrying.

Valentine doesn’t agree with the emperor’s unjust decision, and defies him by performing secret marriages for young lovers. As it goes with any story, when Valentine’s actions are discovered, Claudius orders his death…

Other legends content that Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself, to who might have been the jailor’s daughter he fell in love with. Before his death (for trying to convince Emperor Claudius to Christianity), it is said that he wrote a Love letter to her, which he signed “From your Valentine”… and so forth!

(Thanks to the internet. Remember ‘Google’ is your friend :D)

At least my stories are not that sinister, lol. Anyhoos, I have a better idea of Valentine’s Day. Here goes:

God’s Love

"God's love"

I think this is true Valentine. No other love could be greater than this and I’m not even try to console myself, LOL!!! So people, as we (some of us) exchange gifts today, let us remember the greatest gift of all which anyone could receive…Jesus who died on the cross all for you and I. Let us embrace this love and also spread it onto others’.

The Word of God gives us an inkling into what true love entails in 1 Corinthians 13. It is so beautiful and pure and it is by this standard that we ought to measure our ‘love-o-meter’. In anyway we feel we fall short, we ought to at least try to step up.

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails.

Have a lovely day people as you celebrate your love for one another!!!

NB: In the spirit of love, MCLA shall be having two beautiful pieces put up today . The first poem is in gratitude and love to our GOD, the One who gave His best to us and it is by Kikelomo Sanyaolu. The other one, by Onose Pamela Tariebi Oboh, is a thought-provoking poem on what true love really means. I’m sure you will love them both as I do.

"Happy Valentine Day"

"Happy Valentine Day"

“Happy Valentine’s Day”

Loads of love,

Temiville.xoxo

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