Happy Valentine’s Day! Love is …, February 14, 2019 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1213)

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Original image of Richard Armitage at Sundance 2019 is courtesy of the LA Times

Valentine’s Day brings back childhood memories to me of:
1) giving every kid in my grade school class a cutesy character valentine–and they reciprocated;
2) eating tiny heart shaped after dinner mints with sayings imprinted on them like, “Be Mine”, “Love”, and “Sweet”, etc.; and,
3)  dreaming of romantic love;

My Hubby and I exchanged our Valentine’s Day cards with each other Wednesday night–since we’ll both be at work on Thursday.  He always fills his birthday and Valentine’s Day cards to me with X’s and O’s–Kisses and Hugs–all over the interior of the card.  It is his signature card sentiment to me–along with love always and forever, as he added this year.  Very sweet.  We also shared chocolate cookies a deux.  Snap!

Many of us hope to and often do experience love in our lives–as friends, family, romantic partners, when sharing compassion for another in difficult circumstances, etc.

But we need to remember to also love ourselves.  We’re worth it!  Each one of us is unique, there is no one else like us in the world.  Well, unless you’re an identical twin–and even then, each twin is a distinct person.

Maybe we can start simple, with some random things that make us happy–and generating that love buzz within us.  So let’s try.  I’ll start with a few examples of non romantic love:

Love is …. when my hubby fills the dishwasher without having to be asked/reminded;

Love is …. finding that small leftover cinnamon roll wrapped in plastic in the fridge, then finding it moist and tasty after zapping it in the microwave for 11 seconds;  hey a girl needs sustenance when writing her blog post. Ha!;

Love is …. my younger girl doggy cuddling up with me on our love seat every day;

Love is …. making charitable giving choices for children and families charities–and public media, and student scholarships, etc.–that help us feel that we are contributing to our community in alignment with our personal values;

Love is …. being a kind, “calm”, and polite ER patient–even though I feel miserable–and having that kindness reflected back to me via the medical staff;  I actually had one nurse remark on it to me;

Love is …. sharing a smile or a laugh, letting the other person go first, and enjoying and appreciating the big and small moments in our lives–and yes, that can mean giving ourselves a gold star for showing up, when others didn’t;

…. Your turn.

Love is …..


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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2 Responses to Happy Valentine’s Day! Love is …, February 14, 2019 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1213)

  1. Guylty says:

    What a lovely post, Grati. I am not into V’Day, but I am definitely into messages of love, and I loved your “Love is…” list. So many shapes and forms, for people, pets and things. Makes the world a better place. Have a love-ly day then!

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    • Hi Guylty, Thanks for your very kind note! I also believe that defining love more broadly and inclusively helps us to see more of the goodness in our lives and the world around us. You have a lovely day, too! Hugs & Valentine Cheers! Grati ;->

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