Before the first green spike of daffodil,
Before the robin rebuilds its nest,
Between the days of snow and rain
Just when winter threatens eternal gray,
When menacing walls are fast closing,
Spring is ushered in on the coattails
of Valentine’s Day.
It seems that once past January’s thaw
even the calendar has a soul.
Who can think of Valentine’s Day without thinking of Godiva Chocolates? Who can hear the name Godiva without thinking of that famous ride?
“As the story goes, Godiva was troubled by the crippling taxes Leofric had levied on the citizens of Coventry. After she repeatedly asked him to lessen the burden, Leofric quipped that he would lower taxes only if she rode naked on horseback through the center of town. Determined to help the public, Godiva stripped off her clothes, climbed on her horse and galloped through the market square with only her long flowing hair to cover herself. Before leaving, she ordered the people of Coventry to remain inside their homes and not peek, but one man, named Tom, couldn’t resist opening his window to get an eyeful. Upon doing so, this “Peeping Tom” was struck blind. After finishing her naked ride, Godiva confronted her husband and demanded that he hold up his end of the bargain. True to his word, Leofric reduced the people’s debts”.