And what is true love?
It's not giving candy or balloons or flowers, although those things can be nice expressions of it.
It's not laying your coat in a puddle for her to walk on (does this really produce anything more than a wet coat?!)
It's not making wild declarations or performing daring deeds.
It's not kisses or hugs or long moonlit walks.
What is true love?
It is when Hubby took an hour every night with the colicy baby, singing Beatles and James Taylor songs to him, so that I could take a shower or even sleep for a few minutes.
It is when my 7 year old asked me to teach him how to wash dishes, because he wanted to help more around the house.
It is when my Hubby can look down at the mess where our baby was just born, and then look back up at my sweaty face and wild hair and say "I love you. You're beautiful."
It is pumping and freezing your breastmilk to share with mothers who don't have enough.
It is getting your wife the unscented lotion, not because you're not sure what scent to get, but because you know that perfumes make her queasy.
It is making your son's favorite cookies for him, even though you think they're gross.
It is being a doggie, and letting the baby climb on your back and sit on your head, because you know he's still learning to be gentle.
It is when my baby takes a break from running around the house to lay his head in my lap.
It is hearing the plaintive word "Nurn?" for the forty-third time today, and still smiling as your toddler climbs into your lap to nurse for six more seconds.
It is spending your whole day off helping someone move.
It is teaching someone a skill.
It is giving up the easy life for the good life as you welcome a child to the family. It is giving up the simple life for the concerned one when you send them out the door.
It is giving up Your Only Begotton Son to save the world.
Our children will view the world through the glasses we give them: what perception of love am I teaching my children?
As a culture, we have developed the idea that 'true love' is a romantic thing. Something that develops between couples. We are wrong. The truest kind of love is the kind that goes far beyond romantic, couples, or red hearts with lace. It is the love that gives.
I would love to hear your thoughts on true love. I was inspired to do this in the first place by a series of "true love" posts that Nessa was doing (hopefully she doesn't mind my putting them here!) Please leave your link!