Monday, February 14, 2011
The Love Bug
Another thing that makes me smile? These precious hand-made (literally) cards that we receive for every holiday or season. Little Man's Momma is quite the creative one. And much more than that, she is gifted in expressing her love and appreciation. That quality has always made her so very easy to love.
Those of you, with any miles on you at all, know love is work. Doesn't matter if it is with your love, your family or your friends. There is work to maintaining and growing love. Love that is reciprocated flourishes... grows... spreads... stays strong. The opposite of that... well, is the opposite. Love is a verb, an action, a decision.
Long distance love requires extra effort. Extra work. Extra costs both physically, emotionally and financially. I so appreciate how both Jerry and Amanda work to come home when they can. It is hard to travel that far, to justify the cost of making that hard journey... and just to be away from home for weeks at a time... not in your own bed... with your own things... able to relax in your own space at the end of the day. It is a hardship. It is the work of love.
It is no secret to those that know me that the past two years have been hard for me. I miss my daughter, who is my friend. I miss my grandson, who I so hoped to be near as he grew up... to see his new milestones... to share in his life... to be the grandparent I never had around. But, that said, I appreciate what we do have... that is a willingness to work at our love. To continue to care for and tend it though it is not always easy any more.
And, I deeply appreciate my husband, who has continued to show his love for me in so many, many little ways... especially when I haven't had the energy to do as much of that as he deserves. It is my prayer that we all continue to have the strength, the will and the desire to love each other in the same way that we have enjoyed in our present and past. That is my Valentine hope for each of you, too... that you choose love.
I know I will.