How do you feel about love these days?
I came across this prompt the other day and thought, gee, what a perfect prompt to end of this week, what with tomorrow being the international day of love, Valentine’s Day. I can’t be with my loved ones for Valentine’s Day this year since I’m on shift out West, but at least I can take this time to say a few things about love.
So how do I feel about love these days? Well, a lot differently than I felt about it ten or fifteen years ago, that’s for sure. When I was in my teens and early twenties love was all about romance. One a day like Valentine’s Day it was important to have flowers and chocolates and little teddy bears holding stuffed hearts. It was a big deal to go out on a special date, to stroll along a beach, and to be wooed. Romance was everything, because without it there could be no claim of love. That was then, but these days I feel very different. Make no mistake: romance is an important part of a loving relationship. But LOVE is a hell of a lot more.
Love is cooking a beautiful meal for your family. It’s putting up with all the little things that kinda drive you nuts. It’s giving up the TV upon request, and giving up the last delicious treat without request.
Love is providing for your family, in whichever way is necessary. It’s spontaneous hugs and sweet kisses, and knowing that you’re part of a team.
Love is a bedtime story surrounded by stuffed animals and warm snuggles under a fuzzy blanket. It’s little tokens of affection and taking time out to play.
Love is doing something a little special every now and then…but not expecting special things. It’s being appreciative, but not seeking out appreciation.
Love is being supportive even if you don’t “get” it. It’s understanding that you’re not always going to agree about everything, but that you can agree to disagree and still love each other in the morning.
Love is being able to just be together, even if you’re just relaxing in the same room.
Love is knowing that, no matter what, at the end of the day you’ll always cherish each other.