Monday Memes 25

Love. Funny how love “changes course” and gets redefined as relationships flourish – then sometimes flounder. I am lucky – I kissed a LOT of frogs before I found my Prince (he found me, actually!) but it was worth it. I love you, MSW.

In the beginning, it’s like:

love fearlessly

However, sometimes we “make a mistake,” or the dreaded “It’s-not-you-it’s-me” moment arrives and then this happens:

lovers to nothing

However, if stars align (as mine have), you find your true love – “The One” – and life is more like this:

define loveI wish each of you reading this the good fortune I have found…

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The best love advice ever ~

So today is Valentine’s Day, the day we are supposed to honor, acknowledge and appreciate the loved one in our life, if we are lucky enough to have a loved one.

I am lucky…

I am blessed with the most amazing partner, a guy that loves and supports me unconditionally, a man that holds my hand when necessary but also kicks me in the butt when I need it. I know in my heart that he is “The One” and I am thankful EVERY DAY that he is in my life.

Before my sweetie came into my life, I had suffered a few less-than-ideal relationships and read a TON of relationship self-help books, to “fix” what was wrong with me.  And while many of those books were helpful, my two FAVORITE bits of relationship advice come from probably two of the most unlikely sources ever – Dr. Seuss and A. A. Milne, the authors of some of the most popular and beloved children’s books ever written.

Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss’ real name) offered up this advice as the litmus test for true, genuine love:

Dr. Suess

I think it is especially poignant that so many other authors always write about “dreaming of love” and here Dr. Seuss declares that the reality of true love is even better than dreaming.  I feel this way about my life, especially now that my Sweetie is in it…  If you are with someone but are still dreaming about that “perfect” relationship, you are with the wrong person.

The other sentiment that I really, really love comes from one of MY favorite characters ever, Winnie-the-Pooh.  A.A. Milne created an amazing cast of characters but none more enchanting than Winnie-the-Pooh.  I have always kinda’ identified with Pooh and his well-intentioned but often misguided efforts at/in life.

Plus, Pooh has that “thing” honey – with me, it’s chocolate…

The thing I love MOST about Pooh is his relationship with Piglet.  It is love, pure and genuine, not clouded by judgment or issues or anything else.  Piglet loves Pooh unconditionally, and Pooh loves Piglet the same.  Piglet often rescues Pooh, just like my Sweetie often rescues me.  And – no matter what mess Pooh gets into – Piglet is always there to pick him up, support him and still love him no matter what.  This, too, is MY Sweetie…  So, I know you will understand why I love this Winnie the Pooh moment:

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I cannot imagine one day of my life without my beloved Martin in it.  He is the finest person I have ever known and he honestly makes ME a better person. Thank you for being, Sweetie.  And thank you for being with me…

I hope everyone can be as lucky as I have been.  I hope each of you finds the Pooh to your Piglet.  Happy Valentine’s Day!