The Authentic Eclectic

To Me, Love Is a Million Tiny Little Things

To most difficult questions, love is usually the answer

A paintbrush with a loveheart on it’s brush, and a string of lovehearts in its wake that appear to have been painted by it, Vidya Sury, Medium
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I was excited to read The Garrulous Glaswegian’s post inviting love-themed stories. I’ve already written about how I met my soulmate, so I settled back to think what love meant to me.

The answer?

Love is a million tiny little things.

I am touched by love every single moment of my life, even when I am alone, because my soul smiles when I think of my friends, family, and acquaintances.

To me,

Love is my mom

  • sitting awake at night dozing over a book when I sat up late to study
  • saving all the blue clothes clips and the soft ones for her grandson’s clothes just because he likes blue
  • going without a meal so I could get enough
  • calling me on the phone and placing the phone near the speaker of the radio so I can listen to my favorite song
  • packing three times the food for lunch so my colleagues at work can enjoy it
  • holding my hand and praying, soothing me through my sixteen-hour labor pain
  • whose kick-ass attitude was an example to us all. After surgery, she was back in the kitchen insisting on making rotis even though she had tubes draining fluid from her side
  • being generous and forgiving to a fault, because she believed in focusing on the good

To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides — David Viscott

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Love is my husband

  • the source of my daily dose of love
  • staying awake, pacing the floor when I work late so he can switch the light off (yep, my folks freak out when I work late!)
  • telling me I am attractive even when I step out of the kitchen, with a soiled towel around my neck, sweaty after doing the dishes, and raise my arms to cool off. Not a pretty sight. Still, proves beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder
  • affectionate and supportive when I was upset about being diagnosed with diabetes
  • joining me in my diabetes diet just to buddy up
  • always believing in me
  • eating together, singing together, praying together
  • laughing over burnt toast
  • considering laundry his responsibility (I know, right?)
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Love is my son

  • accompanying me on a 50-minute brisk walk every day even when he doesn’t really feel like
  • asking me what I did while he was away at school, and expecting a detailed answer, omitting no detail, however slight
  • being supportive and understanding my work deadlines
  • smiling at me every time we see each other throughout the day when we are all at home
  • writing me a long poem for my birthday — I have a whole book of these now
  • singing to me
  • showering me with kisses and hugs
  • hanging out with me in the kitchen to help with the cooking as he continues our conversations
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Love is my friend

  • calling me out of the blue because she sensed I felt low
  • conspiring with my family to plan a surprise for me
  • waiting for me in the rain, because she promised
  • never forgetting a single occasion in my life even when she gets the date wrong
  • putting up with me exactly as I am
  • telling me she loves me every time we connect
  • bringing over a gorgeous chocolate cake, thinking it is my birthday, three months ahead of the actual date, and insisting it is the right one
  • sending me a photo with arms outstretched when I am upset
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Love is …

  • being hugged for no reason
  • having girlfriends who care
  • an unexpected smile
  • a kind look, a gentle touch
  • rejoicing in others’ success
  • giving without expecting
  • focusing on the positive
  • the sight of empty plates after a meal together with family
  • the joy in my grandmother’s smile when I chatted with her and massaged her feet
  • watching the setting sun with family on the terrace
  • dropping what I am doing and rushing out to see a full moon
  • the look of appreciation as I pull out a trolley at the supermarket for an elderly shopper
  • the anticipation on my friend’s daughter’s face as I hand her a gift, even when she knows exactly what is inside
  • the sight of our family sharing the dusting and cleaning
  • the sight of an empty sink, the magic of not knowing when it was cleared up
  • an empty laundry bin
  • the sound of the doorbell, receiving a parcel, and opening it to see something I wanted
  • a clean backyard
  • the fragrance of a bouquet of roses from my family to celebrate just another day
  • the ping of a text on my phone to see a hilarious joke from an old colleague who thinks only I can get it
  • the peals of laughter that ensue when we’re happy — even if it is a fart joke
  • the pleasure on the faces of our area municipal workers who keep the streets clean when I hand over bottles of juice and urge them to take a break

I’ve found that if you love life, life will usually love you back — Arthur Rubinstein

Love is …my community

Of supportive blogger friends who’ve become real-life friends

Love is…

YOU –Thank you for being here!

Love doesn’t excuse our faults:

it makes them insignificant — Marty Rubin

As you can see, love is a million tiny little things —often manifesting as tolerance, compassion, empathy, and kindness.

Love is divine. As the saying goes, without love, life would be like a broken pencil — pointless.

I am fortunate to have unconditional and non-judgmental love in my life, with soul connections that feel like a giant hug.

Love often needs no words and fills us with positive energy. Love means being there for each other, no questions asked.

Piglet: How do you spell “Love”?
Pooh: You don’t spell it. You FEEL it! — A.A.Milne

May I invite you to complete this and share your answer in a comment?

“Love is…”

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