I was standing in front of the Valentine card selection in a local store yesterday, sifting though the remains of cards that were left over. I’m a true procrastinator, but in my defense, I was picking up a replacement card for one that I had somehow misplaced. (It’s true!) There was a man standing there, holding two heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, staring blankly ahead. “Nothing like waiting until the last minute,” I said nonchalantly, just making conversation and for some reason wanting to indicate to him that he wasn’t alone in his quest to find a great card among the bleak selection of valentine remnants. When I glanced at him, he must have seen something in my face that said, “Share Your Life With Me…Tell Me Your Troubles” because he began a conversation about how none of the cards said anything about his real feelings and how they were all empty words… And, how the chocolates in his arms were probably useless, too because she probably wouldn’t like them. Because I didn’t have the time, nor the inclination, frankly, to delve into the stranger’s personal life, I told him, “Pick a pretty card that says something nice…because that’s what you should do.” As I was leaving the store, though, I thought about the peculiar encounter. A card is, after all, just an expression of love. But maybe, for some, the card is their only way of expressing how they feel, or in other cases, just an obligation. Because I believe love should be shown year-round and not just on special days, both to family and life’s partners, here’s a few quotes about love and relationships that I hope can be shared with others, at any time, on any day.
“Accept the children the way we accept trees—with gratitude, because they are a blessing—but do not have expectations or desires. You don’t expect trees to change, you love them as they are.” ~ Isabel Allende.
“He loved her for almost everything she was and she decided that was enough to let him stay for a very long time.” ~ Brian Andreas.
“Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.” ~ Dalai Lama.
“As mothers and daughters, we are connected with one another. My mother is the bones of my spine, keeping me straight and true. She is my blood, making sure it runs rich and strong. She is the beating of my heart. I cannot now imagine a life without her.” ~ Kristin Hannah (Summer Island).
The best thing about having a sister was that I always had a friend. ~ Cali Rae Turner
You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them. ~Desmond Tutu
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