Wednesday, February 11, 2015

That's Amore!

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Ahhhh love. Doesn’t Valentine’s Day and the approach of spring, just make you want to burst with clichés and sappy songs about love? Not so much?

I can relate. I’ve certainly had my recent confrontation with the utter failure of love. But, as the saying goes, “hope springs eternal”, and just when I think this is a concept better left to that which I share with my kids and furry animals, little wafts of sweet affection are gifted to me and I start to believe again.

Almost everyone has an opinion or thought about love in all its splendor and glory--especially those in the limelight. What is it about being a celebrity that turns a person into an instant philosopher, as if their entire life-experience is an E. F. Hutton moment? I don’t know honestly, but alas, in the spirit of the holiday, here are a few quotes from famous folks about the subject of passion. See if you can guess the authors (I’ll reveal the answers at the end of the post):



1. “You know when you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”

2. “True love cannot be found where it does not truly exist; nor can it be hidden where it does.”

3. “Sexiness wears thin after a while and beauty fades, but to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that’s a real treat.”

4. “Only time can heal your broken heart, just as only time can heal his broken arms and legs.”

5. “If dreams give you power, then I’m strong enough to walk through my heart till you love me.”

6. “Girls bored me, they still do. I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I’ve ever known."

7. “Sometimes I wonder if men and women really suit each other. Perhaps they should live next door and just visit now and then.”

a. Katherine Hepburn     b. David Schwimmer     c. Dr. Seuss     d. Walt Disney
e. Reba McEntire           f. Joanne Woodward      g. Miss Piggy



There are as many thoughts and feelings on love is there are people willing to talk about the state of the heart. Love between family, love-gone-wrong, twisted love, supernatural love, divine love—you name it—love has been the subject, in one form or another, of history, books, movies, songs, poetry, art, religion, and even crime. It’s as basic to our human needs as food and water. No wonder we give it so much thought.

When it’s good, it’s oh so good. But when it’s gone-wrong or just gone, it can rip a cavern-sized hole in our hearts that hurts worse than almost any physical pain. I certainly don’t have any answers or profundity about love; I’m the least likely to give advice. But I do have the hope and belief that love—from friends, God, family, and yes, maybe even that sticky-sweet romantic kind, will prevail in my life.

So consider this bit of sentimental contemplation my Valentine's Day card to you. Wherever you’re at in the process of defining, finding, or healing from love, may the warmth of friends, the affection of family, the gentleness of the divine, and maybe even the allure of romance be yours this holiday.

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OK the answers:

1. Dr. Suess (And it didn't even rhyme!)
2. David Schwimmer (Huh? He shouldn't give up his day job to be a philosopher.)
3. Joanne Woodward (I have to second this quote-- love a man who can make me laugh.)
4. Miss Piggy (HIYAHHH!)
5. Reba McEntire (Didn't this just sound like a twangin' country song?)
6. Walt Disney (A give-away, but truly, the man needed to get out more.)
7. Katharine Hepburn (Never one to do or say what was expected.)



21 comments:

  1. The best stuff here! Thanks, Julie, for Valentine's Day thoughts that aren't sappy. Or trite. Or expensive! (I tend to think of almost every holiday as belonging to Hallmark Cards.)

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    1. They probably are the originator of many of them, or at least the driving force behind many holidays. Hope you have a great Valentine's Day, Mary Ann!

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  2. Oh my goodness, these are great quotes. I'm not a huge fan of Valentine' Day. It's not that I'm anti-love, it's just seems to perpetuate that oh so romantic love that truthfully fades with time to something much better. And truth be told, I really think I need to celebrate love every day of the year. Having said this, I do still enjoy a nice box of Sees Chocolates. Just saying'. So glad you are back to writing. :)

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    1. Hi Lisa, it is one of the more superfluous holidays out there, but is a great excuse for chocolate, so I can't poo-poo it completely. I had fun putting together a care package for my daughter anyway. :) I think my favorite quote was Miss Piggy's. ;)

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  3. The Walt Disney one made me laugh. Plus, I couldn't figure out the Miss Piggy one, even though it mentioned broken legs... it must be late :-)

    I don't tend to celebrate Valentine's Day, which is just as well as Hubby is in another country this year!

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    1. I dunno-- red wine, chocolate, and a mushy movie isn't a bad way to go on any night.

      The Miss Piggy one made me laugh.

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  4. Uh...Valentines...what's that? I'm so old I forget. (said Killroy)

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    1. The scorned holiday of the scorned. ;)

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  5. I got one right. No big surprises which one...
    Love should be every day, not just Valentine's Day.

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  6. Great quotes, Julie. I agree with Hepburn - but then love for a guy has never really worked for me. On the other hand, in all the stories I write, love is never a factor. Maybe that's why the sales of my novels are so dismal. Romantic love might not always (or even often) work in real life, but everyone wants to read about it.

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    1. Olga, I think you bring up a good point I tried to emphasize too-- romantic love is only one kind of love. Love between siblings, parents/children, partners, friends is as sweet and filled with angst and conflict as the romantic kind.

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  7. Love the Miss Piggy quote:) Now she knew what love was...and Kermut got to go along for the ride;)

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    1. I love Miss Piggy. She may be my new hero. Hmm... is it sad that I have a puppet as my role model? ;)

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  8. I love the quotes and I love what you wrote: "little wafts of sweet affection are gifted to me and I start to believe again."

    I've been down that road.

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  9. Jules,

    Just to balance things out, might I suggest a different quote from a modern day poet.

    "Love Stinks."

    This song got my through high school. Keep smiling.

    rob

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0LAs7X5ybE

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  10. Ah love...a many a wondrous thing. Until it bites you in the butt and then it's loathsome.

    Miss Piggy has a clarity few share.

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    1. Miss Piggy is like a modern-day philosopher. ;)

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