Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Saint Valentine's Day

Funtime SindyUpon reading Knackered Kaz’s Valentine’s Day rant on her blog, I started thinking that something had to be done. So I thought about it for a while and this is what I’ve concluded.

The fundamental problem is that Valentines Day is a day for couples and there is no corresponding day for singles! So I reckoned that if Saint Valentine is the patron saint of lovers then all that I needed to do was Google the patron saint of singles, sheer fecking brilliance I thought to myself. Unfortunately, things turned out to be a little more complicated than I had first thought.

It turns out that Saint Benedict Joseph Labré (there's more than one Saint Benedict by the way) is the patron saint of single men and that Saint Agatha is the patron saint of single women, those wonderful Catholics and their zany saints. At first I thought about instigating a Saint Agatha & Saint Benedict’s Day but then I cunningly decided that it was time for all long suffering singles everywhere to get one up on their coupled brothers and sisters. Subsequently, I’ve elected that two separate days should be created for singles, one for each saint.

As luck would have it, both of these saints already have their own day, which saves me the trouble of picking them. Saint Agatha’s Day is on the 5th February and Saint Benedict’s Feastday is on the 16th April.

Now all I have to do is figure out how these two days will actually work in practice. Do you buy yourself a nice gift? Do you randomly buy stuff for other singles that you know? Do you decide to take yourself or other singles out to dinner? Damned if I know! However, I do know that there are a lot of smart people out there who could probably work it all out for me. Answers on a postcard please...

(Thanks to Funtime Sindy for the picture.)

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Comments:
Fantastic idea! I've been thinking about it since you commented on my blog and I think you're on to something.

However, as for how it'll work, there can only be one way.

Basically all smug couples will have to buy presents for their single friends on the two dates you mentioned. After all, we support their lifestyle choices (wedding presents, christening presents, Easter eggs for their kids) so why shouldn't they spend a bit of cash on me, er I mean us, from time to time?

Anyone else got any other ideas? Once it involves me getting presents, I'm all for it!
 
Rickard, love your idea! Do you reckon the smug couples will feel as left out as singletons do on Valentines? (Although it is worth noting that many people in relationships also feel left out on Valentines)

Kaz, you know, much and all as we'd love to get presents, it ain't never goin' to happen! I'd prefer if you were right but have my doubts.

Will have to ponder on the possibilities as to how the days would work - if I think of anything I'll be back!
 
Why don't you just use one saint...say Agnes, patron saint of virgins (not that I'm saying that all single people are virgins, but one or two must be) or Jude, patron saint of hopeless causes (again, not saying all singles are hopeless, but surely a few have absolutely got to be. Possibly the ones that are still virgins.)
 
Blessed are the hopeless virgins, eh!
 
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