Zoe’s Valentine

Zoe’s Valentine

Zoe Face Photo

Hello from Zoe the Fabulous Feline! I’ve decided to allow my human, Emily, to co-write this month’s story. We offer our collaborative effort in honor of the upcoming holiday. Before we get to the story, though, we’d like to wish you all a lovely Valentine’s Day!

To prove to Emily that writing is actually work, I assigned her the background research, and since our offering this month is a tribute to the month most celebrated by lovers, she has researched St. Valentine. Yours Truly—that would be moi—has penned a love song which should be a “purrfect” ending to this story. And speaking of “story,” let’s get to it.


Valentine was a third century Roman priest who lost his head to love—more or less–courtesy of Emperor Claudius II Gothicus, also known as Claudius the Cruel.

It’s been said that St. Valentine was martyred during the time Claudius was persecuting Christians. It should be noted that contemporary historians doubt there was any such persecution, given that Claudius ruled for only a short two-year period, and during his reign, he was pretty busy with war activities; in fact, he was far too busy to wage a war on Christianity.

During the time just before and during the rule of Claudius, Rome was engaged in considerable war activity, having to fend off multiple invaders; she needed a strong army to ensure victory. As the legend goes, Claudius was having a hard time building a tough army; men were not joining his legions, and Claudius believed it was their attachments to their wives and families that kept them from signing up. His solution? Abolish marriages . . . ban couples from even becoming engaged! The people were devastated and begged their priests to find a way to marry them.

Valentine was all about love and realized the injustice of the emperor’s edict, which he defied by continuing, secretly, to marry couples. But the secret got out. When Claudius learned what Valentine had been doing, he ordered the priest be put to death and sent him to jail to await the “pleasure” of the Prefect of Rome, who would decide the manner of execution. While imprisoned, Valentine became friends with the jailer’s daughter; the night before his execution, he wrote her a farewell note, signing it “From Your Valentine.”

The next day, Valentine was brought before the Prefect of Rome, who ordered that Valentine be beaten to death with clubs and then beheaded. Legend has it that the sentence was carried out about the year 270 A.D., on February 14th. For his courage in defying the marriage ban, for his service to the people of Rome, Valentine was canonized, being made a saint after his death. Now ain’t that . . .

The Cat’s Meow

By Zoe

This here is Mr. Big Stuff, see him hanging by my door?

Mr Big Stuff waving hello     Mr Big Stuff at window

He thinks that I still love him,

But I don’t think of him no more.

He used to come a-begging,

I used to roll around the floor.

But I don’t think of Big Stuff anymore.

This here is Mr. Gray Shades, see him hanging by my door?

Shades of Gray_Mr Gray 2     zoe and mr gray

He knows that Mr. Big Stuff

Ain’t Number One no more.

Gray Shades played his cards just right,

While Big Stuff played the game.

Now Gray Shades is my new true love, my flame.

zoe reaching toward mr gray

Zoe & Emily both live HERE

Zoe’s Facebook Page is HERE

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Zoe’s Previous Story is HERE

28 thoughts on “Zoe’s Valentine

    • Hello Ms. Tina! You have impeccable judgment, I must say, just like Mr. Big Stuff and Mr. Gray Shades do. Thank you for reading and commenting. But there is one critical question: Did you share to all your pages like you do for Danny the Dog? Or are you partial to canines? :::::huge Cheshire grin::::: Happy (early) Valentine’s Day to you too!

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    • Hello Sue. Glad you ended your note with a compliment for my song…you know what they say: Saving the best for last! (I’m looking around but so far I have not seen my human post so I’m safe…so far.) Thanks for reading!

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    • Well, thank you, Mr. Parker. We appreciate your reading and compliments! I guess I do have to share the spotlight with my human a bit….just a bit, though. Don’t want her to get a big head. (She did do a decent job but you didn’t hear that from ME!)

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    • Just paid a little visit to your blog…liked it a lot. My cat is more sophisticated than I and has her own blog, so she reblogged an article you had there on active vs passive voice. Informative and entertaining too!

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    • You are welcome, Adele. I had to fight with my human to get that poem in there. Get this, she thought it was “not appropriate” to end a history lesson. She just doesn’t get it. ::::Cheshire grin:::::

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    • Dear CC (if I may be so familiar), My beaus *are* pretty good-looking, aren’t they? Of course, not that I want to sound too full of myself, but I *am an adorable feline so they should consider themselves lucky! I guess I’ll let my human have the computer when I’m done, in case she wants to respond to any of my fans.

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    • Me too, Ms LCTC!! I never knew that some people say that the internet is bad….I’ll bet one of my lives that the people who say that could not live one day without the internet. Right??

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  1. So our true love’s sign themselves with a dead man’s name, who was beaten with clubs and beheaded? Very romantic. He was a very good , a martyr yes… But a saint?
    Love the information Thank you for enlightening me.😇

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    • I know, right? I was surprised too by what Emily dug up on her background research. Of course, I had to check her work and to my surprise, she was pretty much right on. St. Valentine did lose his head for love!

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