Valentines is coming. You may hate it. You may love it. You may just be in it for the chocolate like me.
You may know it takes place at the same time as the Roman festival of Lupercalia. (one of the many Mediterranean fertility festivals that took place around this time of year) and had nothing to do with some made up Christian martyr (there’s at least three St Valentines, celebrated in all kinds of ways and the 14th Feb thing and any connection to romance was really, really late on). Wolves and young worshippers of Lupercal running around with soft leather whip thongs while young women and girls lined up along the route to get hit by the thongs to ensure fertility, prevent sterility and ease childbirth pain.
Why can’t we merge the Lupercalia bits with the hearts and flowers? It’s not like stuff on similar dates hasn’t been merged before in the name of partying and commerce.
We’ve all seen those really amazing realistic heart cakes and cards, right?
WHY NOT WOLVES?
I WANT MORE WOLVES ON VALENTINES STUFF.
Imagine how much cooler if Valentines stuff got wolf-associated.
Even all the horrendous Hallmark stuff with non specific puppies and kittens could have wolf puppies on it. See? Aren’t they better?