Happy 13th February
I know! I can hear you asking: why is she celebrating the 13th February, a nondescript little day when nothing much happens?
And the answer? I don’t know. Except today, for the first time for almost a year I decided to try to write a blog post. So here I am! The sun is vaguely shining which is good news. Today I wrote a to-do list for the first time in a very long time, and even more amazing, I’ve crossed off some of the things on it.
This list is empty but mine’s got things on it – honestly! Sadly, it doesn’t include any writing but maybe more of that another day. For today, what of this magical 13th February that has sent me back to my blog?
It’s the day before St Valentine’s Day, the day on which St Valentine was said to have been executed in the third century for marrying Christian couples. In prison, he reputedly fell in love with the jailer’s daughter, and before his death wrote a letter which he signed from your Valentine. A day for doomed lovers. if ever there was one!
13th February is also two days after the anniversary of my mother’s death, a date shared with the release of Nelson Mandela. I was watching the news about Mandela when the phone call about my mother came, and the two events remain entwined in my mind, despite one being very personal and sad and the other hugely public and celebratory.
But this is before and after, what about today, 13th?
1542 Catherine Howard, fifth wife of Henry VIII, was executed.
1692 Massacre of Glencoe
1975 Fire at the World Trade Centre
1990 First stage of German reunification
2017 Kim, Jong-Nam, brother of Kim Jong-Un assassinated at Kuala Lumpur airport.
Lots of big, important things have happened down the centuries, but the thing I like best about 13th February is that it’s apparently National Tortellini Day. Who Knew?! I’m definitely having pasta tonight. It won’t be tortellini, but as an Italian chef (who didn’t speak much English but was trying to translate a menu from Italian to English) said to us once pasta is pasta.
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