He presented her with his gift, and she opened the card to read, "Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder." With a tear in her eye, she whispered to him lovingly, "Yes, and with fronds like these, who needs anemones." Author unknown Dear Lord, I pray for Wisdom to understand my man; Love to forgive him; and Patience for his moods; Because Lord, if I pray for Strength, I'll beat him to death.The swan that fell in love with a pedal boat is back courting its plastic lover after spending the winter in a local zoo Swans choose a partner for life but the rare Black Australian swan nicknamed Petra made the mistake of falling for a pedal boat designed to look like a swan; and when Petra's pedal boat lover refused to fly south for the winter Petra also remained, a move that could have killed her as the cold weather arrived.Claire Northcott decided to declare her love for boyfriend Gordon Husband by writing it on 500 Post-it notes. Ms Northcott, 33, said, 'I spent over an hour-and-a-half writing the notes with felt-tip.' Mr Husband was understandably surprised when he spotted his vehicle outside the flat the couple share in Paignton, Devon, UK. So he had ordered a bottle of her favourite drink, imported from France, and it had arrived in time for the occasion. He had planned to have a bouquet made with her favourite flowers, white anemones.'He said it was the most romantic thing anyone had ever done for him,' observed Claire. To his dismay, he found that the florist had sold all her flowers and had only a few sterns of feathery ferns left for decoration. He asked the florist to make a bouquet using the flask of liquor instead of flowers and what she produced was magnificent well beyond his expectations. When he arrived, his wife was beautiful in her most elegant gown, and it was apparent that she had spent much of the day preparing a romantic candlelight dinner for the two of them.We are as still in love as the day he first gave me this card.' See more sad love stories.A lasting Legacy of 500-year-old Love Love it or hate it, even the most hardened anti-Romeo will be hard pressed to avoid Valentine's Day this year.In 1477 Margery wrote a letter to her John pleading with him not to give her up, despite her parents' refusal to increase her dowry.Addressing her 'ryght welebeloued Voluntyne' (right well-beloved Valentine), she promised to be a good wife, adding, 'Yf that ye loffe me as Itryste verely that ye do ye will not leffe me" ' (If you love me, I trust.. While romantics 534 years later might celebrate Valentine's Day with fine dining, chocolates and FTD Valentines Day flowers, Margery is left pleading with her love not to leave her while pledging her heart over all 'earthly things'.
After all the couple had been dating since they met in a Bristol café three months earlier.
Here is a letter which is on show at the British Library.
It is a letter, written from a young woman to her love, and is the first mention of the word Valentine in the English language. They had the same loves, desires and financial problems.
However, says Julian Harrison, curator, 'The fact that she isn't writing the letter doesn't mean she can't write, it means she can afford someone to write for her.
People have assumed that people in the past were illiterate, but actually levels of literacy may have been higher than we think.' A marvellous tale with which to celebrate Valentine's Day.