Love doesn't make the world go 'round ~
Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.
What is Love?
(from the cartoon “Buckles” by David Gilbert)
Is it butterfly kisses fluttering on cheeks?
Or receiving a flower every day of the week?
Is it running through rain, hand in hand?
Or watching the sun set, touching toes in the sand?
Is it chocolate given special times of the year?
Or the whispering of sweet nothings tickling the ear?
Is it a card drawn by hand with a personal flair?
Or little notes passed of flirtations shared?
Is it a fluffy stuffed bear for someone to hold?
Or a beautiful diamond on a small ring of gold?
Whatever love is: think, say or do…
I know that it’s real…being here with you!
Small Gestures Add Up To Big Romance
(Excerpts from “Be Mine”)
Valentine's Day is just around the corner and men, generally, have bought into the fallacy “romance equals money.” But when we think of the most romantic and breath-taking-stories of romance, they almost never involve flying off to Europe or drinking the most expensive champagne. It's usually small gestures like...holding hands...kissing in the rain...or simply star-gazing...that we most remember.
Opportunities for romance exist just about anywhere and this Valentine's Day, you can spoil your loved one without spending a fortune, like this:
Be savey, not cheap. Buy flowers that are in season or shop around for deals and avoid delivery charges by buying locally.
Write your loved one a romantic letter and place it under a pillow...or write multiple love notes and post them throughout the house. Write something romantic on the bathroom mirror too.
Make “love coupons”. These are really up to your imagination. Include coupons for a passionate kiss...a favourite meal...breakfast out...or a massage.
Take a walk down memory lane and visit some of the special places from your early days of dating.
Pretend you're going on a first date. Show up at the door with flowers, dressed up, with your car washed and cleaned. Re-live the first time.
Prepare strawberries with fondue chocolate...or cook a romantic dinner together...or enjoy take-out by candlelight. And do select music conducive to the generated evening mood!
Hold hands and walk to a scenic area that has lots of pretty lights.
If poetic, write a few lines as Angelina Joy has:
"If raindrops were kisses...I could send you a shower.
If hugs were seas...I'd send you oceans.
If love was a person...I'd send you me."
Ways to be Your Own Valentine
(from the Chicago Tribune staff)
Paraphrased from an age-old question,
“How do I love me? Let me count the ways!”
Write a love letter to yourself: When was the last time you considered your finest qualities and put them on paper? Try to see yourself through others' eyes.
Schedule micro-vacations: These days, quiet relaxation time may seem an extravagance you simply can't afford...and that 's why it makes such a great Valentine's Day gift. Depending on your time and budget, consider taking off half a day for a soak, steam and sauna at a local spa. With less time and money, visit a nearby cafe, take time for an expresso and milk creation in a real ceramic cup (or latte) and give yourself 15 minutes to sit and appreciate the aroma and feel the taste of the drink. Treat yourself to a manicure & pedicure! Take a limousine ride...just for the fun of it!
Find some trees: Walk among them...no ear buds, no train schedule, no bowed head to text! A head-up, lungs-open, walk in silence. Adopt the pace of nature... her secret is patience.
Special supper: Caviar is too costly...crab is too complicated and cake too caloric! But a lamb chop is an affordable luxury whether you choose rib or loin. Try a new recipe, then grill or broil to perfection.
Say it with...a single favourite flower...a tiny flowering plant...or a big bouquet of lovely blossoms and place it where you'll be able to inhale its fragrance, enjoy its colours and bring a smile to your face.
Everything has beauty...but not everyone sees it.
Love and Marriage
It's not yet spring...but love is in the air!
(from current issue of Our Canada)
Will You Marry Me?: Dan proposed to my sister, Cassandra, on July 5, 2012,” writes Samantha. “Dan invited Cass to his house for a special surprise. He told her that since they had been going out for five years, he had five gifts for her...each representing experiences they had both shared. They are true soulmates who belong together and who love each other deeply. They will be married July 19, 2014.”
Marriage Vows: “Marriage is a promise of companionship and having someone there to share all of life's experiences,” says Rosa about getting married to her husband, Roberto. “Marriage does not promise there will not be any rough times, just an assurance that there will always be someone who cares and will help you through to better times. We began our journey as simply two people in love. On June 25, 2011, we began the rest of our lives as husband and wife.”
Most people are slow to champion love because they fear the transformation that it brings into their lives. And make no mistake about it! Love does take over and transform the scheme and operation of our egos in a very mighty way. This is what our love is: a sacred pattern of unbroken unity sewn flawlessly invisible inside all other images, thoughts, smells and sounds.
Compiled by Merle Baird-Kerr...January 21, 2014
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