With Love And Friendship
Ah, love! The feeling that has inspired humans ever since the beginning of time takes center stage each February, with candlelit dinners and sweet nothings whispered in each other's ears while watching a romantic movie or a sweeping view from a rooftop. St. Valentine, the Christian priest beheaded by Roman soldiers on 14 February 273 for continuing to wed couples despite a marriage ban, has given the world a day to celebrate love with cards, chocolates, and flowers, and us at Where a good excuse to write about our favorite places for romance in Berlin (p. 10). But Valentine's Day is not just for lovers. It is also a day to stop and think of what C.S. Lewis defined as "the happiest and most fully human of all loves": friendship. To me, it is a combination of mutual understanding, encouragement and respect, shared intimacy, secrets, and life-enhancing moments. It is the relationship that most intensifies the quality of our existence, and the basis for any good-quality romantic partnership destined to last. So let's take the time to think of our closest friends and let them know how we feel about them. Whether we send them a card, a Berlin souvenir, or just an email, let's not forget to cultivate the most valuable affinities of our lives.
Happy Valentine's Day! SOLVEIG STEINHARDT EDITOR, WHERE BERLIN