Tuesday, February 12, 2008

It's Love Week

Isn't young love sweet?

I love love.
I love love stories.

What about you?
Do you love love?
What else do you love?
Who do you love?
Who have you loved during your lifetime?

Romantic love.
Platonic love.
The love of friends.
The love of siblings.
The love of spouses.
The love of people and their "best friends."
The love that shows up in laughter and joy.
The love that shows up in touch and tenderness.
The love that shows up in tears and strong shoulders.

This is my mother, Eleanor (on the left), and her sister, Delia.

I challenge you this week, as I challenge myself, to think about love.
To talk about love.
To tell love stories.
To remember past loves and celebrate them.
To imagine future loves and prepare for them.
To write a love letter to someone you love.
To make little love notes and leave them for your loved ones to discover unexpectedly.
To share a story of love with someone you love.
To tell them why you love them.

Forget store-bought cards, cheap teddy-bears, and mediocre chocolates;
share your love in hand-written, hand-made form, and deliver it in person.

That's a candid shot of Daniel gazing at his sister as she told a funny story while we were on a walk a few months ago. As you can plainly see, he adores Kristiana; I think the feeling is mutual. What a joy it is for me to watch them when they are together.

Be generous with compliments this week.
Be generous with hugs and kisses.
Be generous with yourself too.
If not now, then when?
If not you, then who?

I love this man!

(FYI: We are really the same height, but every now and then, I will sidle up next to him and squat down so he looks and feels taller. He likes that tiny show of submission a lot. Oh, the sacrifices we make for the ones we love.)

It's love week.


Amy said...


You and Steve are doing that Tomkat wedding pose, where Katie Holmes supposedly bent her knees to appear shorter than Tom. Ha!

Seriously, great love is displayed in these photos. I'm with you on the mediocre chocolates, expensive cards, etc. Words, both spoken and written in our own hand, are so much more meaningful.

Happy love day to you tomorrow, my friend.

Laurie said...

Gail, your photos make me smile. I just loving peeking inside "your life" and seeing the strong family you have. Obviously you and Steve are a pair made in heaven. Your kids look so secure and planted in the love you freely flow over on them. Keep bringing your readers joy.... I so look forward to your new posts! XOXO

Ella said...

It's a beautiful post, just as your soul is. I'm in love with love too, it the best of all things in this world.

Blessings and love,