Tuesday, February 13, 2018

#Valentine's Day and #Cupid by Diane Burton


In Roman mythology, Cupid is the god of desire. Born of Venus (goddess of love) and Mars (god of war), Cupid represents the fine edge between love and war. He’s often depicted as a blindfolded infant with bow and arrow--blindfolded, because love is often blind. When his arrow pierces a human heart, the person is filled with uncontrollable desire. A little known tidbit is that he has two arrows. The sharp one is for desire. The dull one ends it. That just shows how capricious he (desire) can be.


In Greek mythology, his name is Eros, from which comes our word erotic. While the image we’re most familiar with is the infant, Greeks portrayed him as a virile, young man.

However he is portrayed, at this time of year, we’ll find Cupid on cards, as a stuffed toy, even a dragon. A long time ago, I bought this toy for my Hubs. While Hubs got a kick out of the dragon, he’s a bigger hit with the grandkids (as evidenced by his worn look. (He used to stand up straight.) He plays the Sam Cooke’s 1961 classic "Cupid."


"Cupid Draw back your bow
And let your arrow go
Straight to my lover’s heart for me.”


Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone and may Cupid help you find your true love.


18 comments:

Patricia Kiyono said...

Cute dragon! I can see why he's a favorite with the grandkids.
Wednesday will be a busy afternoon and evening for me, but my true love and I will have lunch together before the whirlwind starts. Hope your day is full of love, too!

Francesca Quarto said...


Valentine's day can KILL a successful attempt to lose weight too! Let's not forget the "Valentines' Day Massacre"! (Was that a groan?)

Valentine's and Chocolate speak volumes about a caring heart!

Francesca Q.

Lea Kirk said...

Oh, lordy, the dragon is ADORBS!!!!

Maureen said...

I enjoyed learning a little more about Valentine's Day- interesting. The dragon is very cute!

Susan Coryell said...

Valentine's Day has always been a fave of mine, most likely because it is 4 days after my birthday. If Hubs forgets my birthday, he always makes it up on Valentinne's Day!
Nice post!

Alina K. Field said...

Love that little cupid dragon! Happy Valentine's Day!

Elizabeth Meyette said...

I’m spending Valentine’s Day with my Sweet Baboo under the Florida Sun ☀️ ❤️

Diane Burton said...

Patty, enjoy that lunch. And maybe the whirlwind afterward, too.

Diane Burton said...

Francesca, chocolate (esp. dark chocolate with nuts) is a super treat. Hubs brought home a beautiful bouquet of flowers so I can enjoy the holiday longer. When you mentioned the Valentine's Day Massacre, I immediately thought of the Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, & Marilyn Monroe movie "Some Like It Hot." LOL funny.

Diane Burton said...

Lea, he is. I took a video of "him" singing but I couldn't figure out how to load it to play on the blog. :(

Diane Burton said...

Thanks, Maureen. I learned a bit, too.

Diane Burton said...

Susan, happy belated birthday! Hubs' b'day is next Wednesday, so I either do Valentine's Day up or his birthday. Not both.

Diane Burton said...

Thanks, Alina. Hallmark really scored with that dragon.

Diane Burton said...

Betty, enjoy FL. We could use some of that warmth up here. Want to bring some back with you???

Marissa Garner said...

Never knew about the second arrow. Interesting. Thanks for sharing.

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Love the post, Diane!
Good luck and God's blessings
PamT

Diane Burton said...

Marissa, I didn't know that either. The things you learn before writing a post.

Diane Burton said...

Thanks, Pam.