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I am a high school English teacher in an urban high school in Oklahoma City. I am a member of the American Federation of Teachers, Local 2309. I am a Democrat, a union activist and a worker for social justice. I also am a Christian (Congregationalist). I play chess and coach our school chess team.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

St. Valentine's Day



Someone said that you either love this day or hate it; there is no neutral ground.

Well, however you feel about this holiday, you can credit or blame this man:

Geoffrey Chaucer

Chaucer, the medieval English poet best know for The Canterbury Tales, wrote a poem entitled "The Parliment of Foules" (1382) which is based on the legend that February 14th is the day when the birds choose their mates for the year:

For this was on seynt Volantynys day
Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese [choose] his make [mate].

On this foundation was Hallmark's fortune laid.

1 comment:

Rick said...

Don't blame Chaucer. Blame the birds.