[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he first recorded association of Valentine’s Day with romantic love is in Parlement of Foules (1382) by Geoffrey Chaucer. Chaucer wrote:
“For this was on seynt Volantynys day, When euery bryd comyth there to chese his make”.
[“For this was on St. Valentine’s Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate.”]
Last week, John continued Chaucer’s Valentine’s Day romance. After taking his beautiful girlfriend Shayla skating at Owen Sound’s pine filled Harrison Park, he then took her on a life changing sleigh ride at Dual Acres in Shallow Lake. There was a fresh layer of snow that had fallen, making the farm look like a winter wonderland. The newly refurbished sleigh had soft jingle bells ringing through air echoing their music off the bare trees. As the horse drawn sleigh came to a slow stop, John pulled Shayla a little closer. His eyes twinkled as he started to speak, his hand reaching down to pull out a dainty little box. As he opened it, Shayla’s eyes grew wide, and then a smile spread across her lips.
The rest of the afternoon was electric, filled with laughter and excitement radiated from them both. John took Shayla around the snow covered farm, stopping to meet the horses and soak in their new engagement. When it got too cold, they stepped inside the Shack for some hot chocolate and to make some important calls to family to share their wonderful news! Congratulations John and Shayla!!!