It’s the last of January today. This means that there’s just one month left till spring. It also means that Valentines Day is near.
I’ve heard that user activity on matchmaking sites peak just before Valentines. Of course many people still frown at the thought of finding a date through an ad, but did you know that the parents of the current pope Benedict XVI met through a lonely-hearts ad? It was the pope’s father who placed the ad in the tabloid Bild, in July 1920. The issue still exists today, and here’s a translation of what he wrote:
“Middle-ranking civil servant, single, Catholic, 43, immaculate past, from the country, is looking for a good Catholic, pure girl who can cook well, tackle all household chores, with a talent for sewing and homemaking with a view to marriage as soon as possible. Fortune desirable but not a precondition.”
Pretty interesting, right? In case you wonder how I know this, I sometimes tell this story when I’m doing a guided tour of the Vatican. Mostly I talk about history and art, but I like to throw in some lighter material too, such as this anecdote.