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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Ruby What ??

With tomorrow being Valentines Day my mind has been going back all week to this the "Official" holiday for lovers. For several recent years I had prepared a fancy feast for my beloved wife, but now lack the energy to pull it off. After church we will eat out at her favorite local restaurant then come home to spend the day. I have arranged for delivery of both fruit and flower bouquets. Also the requisite chocolates and a card.

When I think of romance the first thing that always comes to mind is the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, a Persian poem that dates back well over a thousand years. A rather free translation by Edward Fitzgerald is somewhat familiar to most of us. The complete text can be read here, but the stanza that is easiest for my mind to remember and interpret follows:

A Book of Verses underneath the Bough,
A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread-and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness-
O, Wilderness were Paradise enow!

That has often intrigued me. Personally I would also throw in a chunk or two of good cheese. In fact that pretty well defines my diet while traveling for days in remote parts of the world without refrigeration or safe drinking water.

The picture that comes to mind is of lush grass under a tree by a river bank with a table cloth spread out and laid with foods from our picnic basket. My lover and I are sitting there with our attention more on each other than the food. This romantic image is so strong that Donna & I have often given a picnic basket containing these items as a wedding present. The book of verse is relegated to third place as I am both a romantic and a foodie.

I had considered creating a Valentines day letterbox to intersperse with others in Marjorie's Nest, my garden hostel. With the heavy snow cover letterboxing is slow this time of year. I already have a Groundhog day box out with St. Patty's day to follow soon. The Valentines day box will have to wait.

1 comment:

Donna said...


I well remember that was one of your favorite quotes from the Rubaiyat and we've had many picnic under the boughs of numerous trees and other covering. Good thoughts and remembrances.

Thanks for the chocolate strawberries, which I will immensely enjoy, along with Hope probably, and the lovely roses, carnations and baby's breath bouquet. Each gift looks so lovely in its own special vase. Each will probably will a charming planters.

Thanks for making my Valentine's Day special. You always manage to make it unique and I know that is part of the fun for you. Well again you succeeded. I look forward to these surprises as you're so very creative!

Love you now and always,