Spring semester of last year, for me, was one of the most stressful semesters I have ever had. I became so bogged down in theory, books, and essays that, one evening, I did something rash; something that actually helped me keep my sanity and finish the semester. I bought a tin whistle.
Now, the first question to ask about any kind of literature is what makes it different from any other kind of literature. Children’s literature is often thought of as very different. For most, children’s literature is made up of fairy stories and other ‘childish things.’ For Tolkien, however, fairy stories were never necessarily connected with children.
The real traditions that we have surrounding St. Valentine’s Day have been accomplished mostly due to a warping or blurring of the story I have just told you. St. Valentine’s signature is preserved on the letter, but the rest is smudged beyond repair.
This Golden Mean is not necessarily an objective thing. Just like the college student with coffee, two cups is just enough for some, but too little for others, and yet still too much for people who aren’t used to coffee.