“On the second day of Christmas my true love gave me two turtle doves.”
From what I’ve read, the term turtle dove refers to a group of old world doves that includes ringed doves and mourning doves. In literature they are associated with innocence, purity and enduring love. The bird utters a sweet, mournful call, arriving on the scene in the early spring and staying until late in the summer. They are dedicated to their mate and offspring.
I see the gift of a pair of turtle doves given to me by my true love as a gesture of commitment, love and faithfulness to me. It is an enduring and desirable gift in an age littered with disposable relationships.
My lover said to me, “Rise up, my darling! Come away with me, my fair one! Look, the winter is past, the rains are over and gone. The flowers are springing up, the season of singing birds has come, and the cooing of turtledoves fills the air.” Song of Solomon 2:10-12 NLT