Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Why I Kinda Like Valentine's Day


What originally brought me to Edmonton was a job offer to work for several months on this
virtual exhibition about Valentine's Day. The job was this: 1) go to the British Museum for a month and negotiate with the staff there to use images of their objects (like this 15th century parade shield) for the exhibition, 2) write some of the sections of the exhibition, and 3) get to hang around one of the most interesting places in the world for several weeks while staying with some of my absolute favourite people,Sandra and Derek, who lived about a block away. All of these tasks were totally fascintating. It was great fun getting lost in the museum somewhere most days on my lunch hours. "Aha! So there's Codex Alexandrinus!" Perhaps the most strangely consoling and home-sickening parts of the time was one day running right into a West Coast totem pole! However, in the midst of the myriad distractions the museum and London had to offer, I actually learned a fair bit of lore about Valentine's Day from doing this work.... and, to my immeasurably greater surprise and delight, not long after moving to Edmonton - met my lovely wife. Thank Cupid! Thank St. Valentine (all of them)! Thank God Almighty!

I love you Krista. Thank you for being my permanent Valentine...

PS - Valentine's Day Recommendation: My favourite C.S. Lewis book is a re-telling of the myth of Cupid and Pyche entitled Til We Have Faces. Why not find a used copy and start it tonight?

5 Comments:

Blogger kimberley said...

It's cool to see your work finally, Matthew. I think I was travelling during that time and so this is the first time I've actually gotten to see what I heard so much about!

Happy Valentines Day, You Incredibly Sweet Pair!

May your Love remain joyously faithful! and a beautiful testament to how much you are both loved by our Lord.... for ever and ever and unto ages of ages!

God Bless you!

12:54 PM  
Blogger Krista said...

Thank you so much, you are sooo sweet Matthew! God is truly Good! Yes, it's a great exhibition and I remember seeing David Goa on T.V talking about the exhibit back when it was first put out. I was like....oooh! someone I know is on T.V being interviewed!

Happy Valentine's Day to you all!!!

What a great day to celebrate Love. In my family growing up, we would always get chocolates from our parents and I remember one year that my dad bought a dozen roses...4 for my mom, 4 for my sister and 4 for me....it was so nice!

4:14 PM  
Blogger Simply Victoria said...

ah, that was a wonderful book. I should dig it out again...

11:39 PM  
Blogger Dianne said...

Hi Scout and Boo
Hope you come to camp again,
Love,
Charmayne Penner

12:32 PM  
Blogger Ken said...

Hey Matt. I took your suggestion and started looking for a used copy of that novel by C. S. Lewis. Sure enough, Pilgrim Books found one for me and just picked it up today. Thanks for the tip.

5:57 PM  

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