Tomcil And Valentine Story
Tomcil travelled back to the old Rome where there was a King named Claudius. Claudius was a very cruel king. He did not like to see people happy and was always starting wars with other countries.
In the same city, Tomcil decided to visit a kind young man named Valentine. He was so thrilled to meet Tomcil. He loved all things including animals and was often seen out feeding animals in his gardens, tending the plants and enjoying the butterflies that fluttered about the pretty petals of the flowers. Valentine made sure to take very good care of his garden, for he knew that the butterflies needed the flowers in order to live.
Another thing that made Valentine very happy was to see young people in love. Love was the best thing that could happen to two people.
Now, King Claudius did not like to see people in love or get married, for that meant that when a war came, his soldiers did not want to leave their wives and children. Young soldiers did not want to leave their sweethearts. So the King, being the cruel man that he was, banned all people to be in love, or marriages and made it illegal for anyone to become engaged.
Valentine was very upset at this, and asked Tomcil what he could do to help those people who are in love. Tomcil then came up with the idea that Valentine and Tomcil would do for them. When the couple wanted to see each other, Tomcil and Valentine would take the love note from the young man which contains the date when he wanted to see the young girl, and Tomcil would hide the love note inside his big furry hair and pass it to the young girl. When the time comes each would sneak through Valentine’s garden, past the lovely flowers and butterflies and in through the back door where they could see each other and spend the quality time together.
Eventually, King Claudius heard that Valentine was performing this secrecy acts and ordered his guards to go and arrest him. He was taken and thrown into the dungeon! Tomcil was saddened by it.
While he was in the dungeon, Tomcil had a chance to visit him and made friend with the jail-keeper . Tomcil learned that the jail-keepers daughter was blind and asked him to bring her to see him. Tomcil knew he was a very special man. Tomcil asked him to touch her brow and she was immediately granted her sight. It was a miracle!
When the cruel King Claudius learned of this miracle, he thought it was witchcraft and immediately ordered that Valentine’s head be chopped off!
On the morning of the execution, February 14, of the year 270, Valentine asked Tomcil to pass a note to the jail-keepers daughter, whom he had fallen in love with. He signed the letter “From your Valentine”. That is why we sign our Valentine’s Day cards the way we do today.
As Valentine was being buried after the exectution, Tomcil was there and a huge swarm of red and white butterflies appeared and circled over the people at his funeral. They fluttered here and there, and eventually landed upon Valentine’s coffin. The people looked at the pattern that the butterflies had made when they landed and saw that it was shaped like a big heart. And that is why we use the heart as a symbol of love today.va
— HAPPY VALENTINE’S TO YOU ALL MAKE LOVE NOT WAR AND BE KIND TO ONE ANOTHER —
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