How would Tarzan and Jane celebrate Valentine's Day?
Tarzan (the King of the Jungle, aka John Clayton II, Viscount Greystoke) was the literary creation of Edgar Rice Burroughs, first appearing in the novel Tarzan of the Apes in 1912. Tarzan was the orphaned child of British aristocrats, raised in the African jungle by the Mangani great apes, ultimately becoming legendary as a male fantasy archetype; Tarzan later experiences civilization, only to ultimately reject it to return to the wild as a heroic adventurer.
Tarzan's lifelong mate, Jane Porter, was a young 18-year-old American girl who had also become marooned in the African jungle, where she and Tarzan were fated to meet and fall in love - thus beginning their lifelong journey together as the most famous power couple since Adam and Eve.
Was it Kismet? (After all, ”Kismet” sounds like "Kiss - met" - an auspicious beginning for a Valentine story!) "Kismet" is a word with Turkish and Arabic roots, and has a connotation of fortunate serendipity bordering on the verge of magic:
"Timing. We give it many names: Destiny, Fate, Kismet, the will of God. Whatever we call it, lives are changed and molded by it, in small or drastic ways beyond our control. The precise, exquisite influence of timing moves people into new positions as surely as a spring flood rearranges the landscape. It is as unavoidable as life..." - Helen Van Slyke
"It was karma, it was kismet, it was magic. It doesn't matter how it happened, just that it did." - Shannon Hale
Tarzan and Jane + kismet = a lifetime together described by a single word!
So today is Valentine's Day and how should we celebrate the fortunate serendipity and magic in our own lives? Beautiful flowers, delicious meals, chocolate treats and romantic gestures are always appropriate and sure to please, but if you're looking for something new:
Check out our new song: "Kismet", the funniest and most heartfelt song about marriage since John Prine and Iris DeMent's "In Spite Of Ourselves.”
Tarzan and Jane never had the opportunity to create a Valentine's Day playlist. For that matter, they probably never even got to make a mixtape, but if they would have, I'd bet that "Kismet" would be at the top of their list! Why not put it on yours and share in the magic today?!
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Enjoy, Dennis & Laurie
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