Valentine's Day! Love is in the air...
“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” Charles M. Schulz
“Oh, if it be to choose and call thee mine, love, thou art every day my Valentine.”
It’s Valentine’s Day today, Saturday, February 14th and I know that all my blog buddies are totally prepared. You’ve got your card, you’ve got a dinner reservation or you’re cooking your Valentine’s favorite dish, even if it’s something totally off the wall like a beet soufflé. Think of that...beet soufflé! Ugh! Put that out of your mind. Now think of chocolate. Now think of chocolate and wine. Nice! Now, when was the last time you read Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s famous love poem:
“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height,
I love thee to the level of everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, --- I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! --- and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.”
I’m not sure I could actually say that to my Valentine, John, but I could write it, which is what I’m pretty sure Elizabeth Barrett Browning did, too. Not to say I’m anywhere near Elizabeth, but I wrote about love like this… “The Best of Marriage”
“I sit at your desk and look out your window at the sky.
And I think of you and how much I love you.
So many years we’ve spent together, mostly sunny with just a little bit of rain.
I treasure these years which have flown by us.
I’ve grown to love you, respect you, admire you, need you more with each one.
There is so much about you that makes me want to be the best that I can be.
It makes me smile each time you walk into a room.
How many thousands of times have I watched you enter the space where I am,
And each time I feel pleasure, delight, at just the sight of you.
You make me laugh, you make me think.
You make me challenge myself, you make me want to be the best me I can be.
You’ve even taught me to enjoy college football! Go Trojans!
I love just to talk with you, to exchange the ordinary stuff our days are made of,
Conversations that are the flour and salt of life.
You are ever in my mind.
You are the other half of my heart.
You are, very simply, the one person selected by God to be my lover, my friend, my husband.
I have known you for more than half my life. The best half.
We have shared all that there is in life:
Joy, sorrow, laughter, tears, death, birth, pleasure, misery, poverty, not quite so poverty,
Pride in our children, and occasionally, not so much with them,
And always, always we have had each other to hold on to.”
Sometime today, tell your Valentine how much he or she means to you. Kisses and holding hands are good, too…maybe even better than chocolate and champagne. Hope this is your best Valentine’s Day ever!
(The Best of Marriage is from Tablespoon of Love, Tablespoon of Laughter)