Friday, February 06, 2009

Bottom of the News… Friday, February 6, 2009

Good morning my fellow Rotarians. Well, the one holiday that made the “Love Doctor” famous is right around the corner. This lovers' holiday originated in 5th Century Rome as a tribute to St. Valentine, a Catholic bishop who lived in the 2nd century AD.

It started with Valentine’s imprisonment for secretly marrying couples during a time when Roman soldiers were not allowed to marry. While in prison he fell in love with the blind daughter of his jailer. His love for her, and his great faith in God, managed to miraculously heal her from her blindness before his death. Before being stoned he signed a farewell message to her, "From your Valentine." The phrase has been used on his day ever since.

300 years after his death, the Catholic Church wanted to replace the pagan god of love, Lupercus. Valentine was their man and the mid-February holiday became a tradition for the men to give the ladies they admired handwritten messages of affection, containing Valentine's name. And thus, the origin of St. Valentine’s Day.

So, GUYS to help you out this year I found the “Clueless Guys Guide to Having a Romantic Valentine’s Day.” It starts with a few ideas that are good things to DO…

1. Do… Make a homemade Valentine. Re-introduce yourself to scissors, red construction paper, white paper doilies and glue and then add your own little verse. This is could be romantic and very special! Of course you are going to have to also brush up on your poetry work.

2. Do… Cook for her. This would show you care, right? Could be breakfast in bed, dinner, etc. Okay, maybe you are thinking you really cannot cook? Okay, never mind… this might be a bad idea for some of you.

3. Do… Write her a love letter. No, not an email, a text message or a card; a real love letter.
No, don’t type it, handwrite it. And say something nice like why you’d pick her all over again or why you are thrilled that she is your kids' mom. Hey, this could be a lifetime cherished keeper! (I’m tearing up…!!!)

4. Do… Watch a chick flick. Just suck it up and do the romantic movie with her. Try… The Lake House, While You Were Sleeping, You've Got Mail or Sleepless in Seattle.

Okay, how about some Don'ts…
1. Don't forget. Forgetting is really dumb. Put on your calendar in big red letters, PDA, sticky notes everywhere, just don’t forget.

2. Don't do the same thing you did last year. If it worked well the first time, it won’t the second time! That only works on guys! Remember, she needs to know that you put some “thought” into her special gift!

3. Don't talk about your ex-wife! This will guarantee a night to forget. Need I say more? Don't do it man!

4. And… the #1 biggest Don't… Don’t give her lingerie. Lingerie is dangerous. Guys, two things can get you in big trouble… the wrong color AND the wrong size, that could be a big problem, either way you go. Can’t win and it’s way too non-subtle! Trust me, I have this from a very reliable source (my wife). Don’t go there. Lingerie can be a killer!

Okay guys does this help? Anyone want my notes? Hey, don’t forget to make it special! We all owe a big thank you to St Val for giving us the Love Month… and that is the Bottom of the News for Friday, February 6th, 2009!

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