Fun Day Sunday:  Valentine’s Day–“Love is …” February 14, 2016  Gratiana Lovelace (Post #873)

Today, Valentine’s Day, we celebrate love.  And to start us off, I’m sharing my newly created 2016 Richard Armitage Valentine wallpaper (below).  I hope that you enjoy it.


When we are little children, love is simple—milk and cookies, our warm blankie with the silky edging, our thumb to suck as our index finger rubs the length of our nose, our stuffed bear Winnie (from Winnie the Pooh), the soft and drooling lick of our pet, and a cuddle with our Mommy, etc.

As we grow older, we realize that love can take many forms—going Christmas caroling in blinding and very cold snow around the two blocks of your neighborhood with your best friends and our brothers (sometimes getting cookies at neighbors houses where you sing), liking that your brother yells back at the jerk who called you a name as they drove past your playing tennis with your backside to the street, attending Weight Watchers meetings with a neighborhood Mommy who kindly takes you with her even though she really didn’t need to go, Trick or Treating for UNICEF because a kid somewhere far away can be helped by the donations that you and other children like you fundraise, etc.

And as we become adults, love can become more complicated for us as romance sometimes enters the scene.  When is it right?  Who feels it?  Who has it?  Who wants it?  Who is in want of it? Who deserves it or not?  Who remembers it? Etc.  And love is not without its drawbacks:  of being completely distracting, of being sheer joy, of being unreturned, of being impossible, of being refused, or of being in spite of all that has transpired, etc.

Below is sound clip of one of my favorite Shakespeare sonnets (#116) that embodies the
constancy of love—and it is read by the exquisitely talented British actor Richard Armitage on his wonderful “Classic Love Poems” cd by Audible released February 2015:

And below is the text of Sonnet 116 courtesy of the Poetry Foundation for you to read along with the audio clip:

“Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.

O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wand’ring bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.

Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.

If this be error and upon me prov’d,
I never writ, nor no man ever lov’d.”


In the end, love is a gift that we bestow, or a gift that we receive.  And as a giver, we can choose to love without any expectations for the receiver.  Having the love for them is sometimes enough—or at least, what sustains us.  Just as our memories can sustain us when memories of love are all that we have left.

So I hope that in your life, you experience love in one or more of its four classical forms:  in friendship (philia), in romance (eros), in community/humanity (agape), and/or in family (storge).

Because as I have experienced love–through community, family, friends, and my dear sweet husband (my very own delightful  and joyous distraction)–love is worth having.  The following bible verses from 1 Corinthians 13 (NCV) were read at our wedding are an illustration of the meaning/definition of love:

“4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous, it does not brag, and it is not proud. 5 Love is not rude, is not selfish, and does not get upset with others. Love does not count up wrongs that have been done. 6 Love takes no pleasure in evil but rejoices over the truth. 7 Love patiently accepts all things. It always trusts, always hopes, and always endures.”

The last verse about being accepting and trusting are sometimes difficult to do.  But hoping is the seed necessary for enduring. So try to keep hoping—as will I.

A Valentine Richard Armitage as John Proctor wallpaper by Laura D.(below) gives us our final  and perhaps our most heartfelt and poignant testament to love:


And since you are visiting my little blog today—Valentine’s Day–I wish you much Hugs & Love!

About Gratiana Lovelace

Gratiana Lovelace is my nom de plume for my creative writing and blogging. I write romantic stories in different sub genres. The stories just tumble out of me. My resurgence in creative writing occurred when I viewed the BBC miniseries of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North & South in February 2010. The exquisitely talented British actor portraying the male lead John Thornton in North & South--Richard Crispin Armitage--became my unofficial muse. I have written over 50 script stories about love--some are fan fiction, but most are original stories--that I am just beginning to share with others on private writer sites, and here on my blog. And as you know, my blog here is also relatively new--since August 2011. But, I'm having fun and I hope you enjoy reading my blog essays and my stories. Cheers! Grati ;-> upd 12/18/11
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20 Responses to Fun Day Sunday:  Valentine’s Day–“Love is …” February 14, 2016  Gratiana Lovelace (Post #873)

  1. katie70 says:

    I hope you have a very lovely Valentines Day!

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  2. Carolyn says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day! Great article on love and a gorgeous wallpaper!

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  3. Evie Arl says:

    This moved me to tears. The bitter sweet irony that love can make us laugh and cry at the same time. Wishing you and yours the best of everything, as always.

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  4. Esther says:

    Ah, that was sweet. Happy Valentine’s day!

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  5. February 14-15, 2016–Thanks for liking this post! I’m glad that you enjoyed it!

    Carolyn, Evie Arl, Esther, Hariclea, ania- zrysiowana ja, Servetus, & jholland


  6. February 14, 2016–And as a great literary/period drama example of love having its ups and downs, Hariclea shares a snippet of Elizabeth Gaskell’s “North & South” on her blog, Opera is Magic today:


  7. February 14, 2016–Perusing around RA World bloggers, here are several other Valentine’s Day posts that you might be interested int. I will add links to this as I find them.

    1) Perry shares the new Berlin Film Festival reception picture of Richard Armitage that came out that was shared initially by Fabo Laktuko..:

    2) Fabolaktuko’s post on Facebook with the image if Richard Armitage standing with his Berlin Station costar Richard Jenkins (left). (RA looks elegant and stunningly handsome as always–especially with his stubble.:
    Here is that new RA image that I imported from Fabo’s FB post so you could see it:


  8. February 14, 2016–Thanks to Kitty for sharing this great RA Kissing video link!


  9. Irish Witch says:

    Happy Valentines Day :) Thank you for lovely poems, Read by Richard they are indeed a wonder to listen to ( over and over). The bible verse from 1 Corinthians is truly what love should be, unfortunately I think “we” humans still need a good deal of work to live up to a lot of the phrases, however one word always stand out when referring to love “hope”. With hope so many things are possible even the impossible. As long as there are living beings there will always be some form of Love. To all those who have a special someone today, I hope only continued love and the best for you and yours, after all it is Valentines day and who knows what Cupid is up to.

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  10. February 15, 2016–Cyn@Dainty (Thanks!) shared this really cute 2016 Richard Armitage Valentine (with RA portraits from 2003)


  11. February 15, 2016–Here is another Valentine that Cyn@Dainty shared (Thanks!)–with NYC 2012 Richard Armitage portraits:


  12. February 15, 2016–Crystal Chandlyre has a Valentine essay for Richard Armitage Fans, the good, and all the rest of it. ;->

    And here is the comment that I left on her post:
    Your (Crystal’s) essay is a bouquet of lovely valentine reminders to us that, just like a rose, a fan “by any other name would smell as sweet”. I really liked your sports fan analogy about baseball fans and such getting respect and so should we as “artistic” fans. And we already have the “fantasy teams” with fan fics rewriting oft loved stories for happier–or perhaps different–endings. Yet unlike sports fans, artistic fans don’t wear cheese heads, wave sponge fingers, or paint their faces blue and orange (team colors). Oh wait a minute! Some do all that. I just haven’t been to a Tolkien/Hobbit/LOTR/StarTrek cosplay. Ha! But in the end, as you reiterate, we love something, we share about that, and we form friendships across a wonderful community of fans–in this case, Richard Armitage Fans (the actor). And that is a very good thing. Happy Valentine’s Day! Hugs & Love!


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