On February 14, Cupid loads his bow, and couples toast their love across candlelit tables. It’s all in a day’s work for this busy cherub, but his spells trail targets throughout their lives.
The Valentine’s Day arrow-toting icon is introduced to youngsters with the communal exchange of cards bearing cute critters, hearts and Cupid himself. Unbeknownst to these nursery school tykes, the mischievous matchmaker foretells the inevitable moments they will, one day, fall in love.
Secret admirers, fueled by Cupid’s potions of courage, engage their objects of desire in guessing games, shyly sending anonymous cards, flowers and poems. The bashful might keep the recipient speculating indefinitely, while the more assertive will bravely come clean and reveal their identities.
Cupid’s potions of admiration assist dating couples with romantic repasts, evening escapades and tokens of heart-shaped chocolates and flowers. An extra shot in the rear gives procrastinating partners courage to pop the question, thus offering a significant trinket of the gold or platinum variety.
Even the Bickersons, long pass the newlywed stage, are not immune to Cupid’s interference. Recalling their days of romance, they cast aside trivial squabbles for one evening to express their undying love.
During the golden years, Cupid’s work gets easier as couples embrace this yearly celebration with growing appreciation. The date becomes more precious as the finite memory lane of their love lengthens behind them.
As Cupid takes aim this Valentine’s Day, gaze into your partner’s eyes and let the power of love work the magic that once brought you together. Then tell the interloper to get lost – two’s romantic, three’s a crowd.