One recent Saturday at work, K (one of the ladies from the kitchen) came up to the front office. She grabbed a sheet of paper & a Sharpie, then wrote in large letters at the top, "WHAT IS LOVE?" Another of the kitchen employees wanted to know, either for a class or just for his own interest (I can't remember which), so K was helping him out by asking around. She left the paper w/ me & said she'd be back for it later.
What is Love?
WOW! That's a BIG question w/ so many different answers...as we found out w/ this little exercise. I sat & pondered for a while. He only needed a brief sentence or two, but there was no way I could narrow such a large topic down. So, I did the best I could.
K came up later to pick mine up. She read it over & gave me a thumbs-up, but I didn't have a chance to talk to her at that time because I was about to give a tour of the facility.
She stopped by the office on her way out that afternoon & told me what others had said.
* One person likened love to the pain of a lightning bolt striking your stomach. (This was a person who's been married for about 20 years & apparently it's not a happy marriage.)
* One single lady said, "I love money."
* K said something about feeling flutters, like butterfly wings, in your chest.
When the young man from the kitchen got to mine he said, "I just wanted a sentence, but she wrote book! A good one, but it's a book!"
So, what did I say? I don't remember it word-for-word & am now wishing I'd made a copy first, but the following is similar to my response.
Love is a choice -- choosing to stay with someone after the initial infatuation wears off; choosing to stick w/ that person through good times & bad.
Love is that sweet toddler cupping your face in his chubby little hands & smothering your cheeks w/ kisses.
Love is your child choosing to do something to help you out, even when you didn't ask.
But above all,
Unconditional, Everlasting, & Fulfilling
The following song is one of my favorites about love...