Friday, February 11, 2011

What is Love?

When I was a tyke, my friend Jill and I came up with a song that expressed lyrics to the world (well, to our parents who were forced to listen- and videotape- all of our *charming* ballads) that questioned the reality of that reclusive, yet sublime sensation: “What is love? Wh-wh-wh- what is love? What is love all about? What can I do to find out? I wanna know what it's all about. Tell me now- I wanna know what love is...”

Needless to say, Jill and I did not end up as famous performers or songwriters, yet even as I sit here today, the same inquiries invade my mind: What is love? I know that I have it with my husband, my daughter, my family; I know that I would swim in a vat of dead rodents for them if need be, but actually defining the emotion in words seems impossible to me.

As that eminent day approaches, I scoured the internet in search of the various definitions of the word, in order to get a better idea:

  • have a great affection or liking for (I have great affection for Taco Bell- but do I love it? )
  • to be enamored with (I am completely enamored by each actor on Modern Family- but is it love?)
  • a score of zero in tennis or squash (romantic- I know)
  • to get pleasure from (Oo-la-la)

Alright- perhaps these definitions weren't exactly what I was looking for. I'll just leave it up to the experts:
  • One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love.” ~Sophocles
  • We love because it's the only true adventure.” ~Nikki Giovanni
  • Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.” ~Robert Mitchum
  • Love makes your soul crawl out of its hiding place.” ~Zora Neale Hurston


Since I'm still pretty unsure about the definition of what love actually is, I will pose this question to you:

What is love?

p.s.- Ever since I wrote the question I can't seem to get the car scene from “Night at the Roxbury out of my head.

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  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the follower! I just read a ton of your blog and totally love it!! :) I can't wait to read more! :)

  2. Great thoughts on love! I have come to believe for myself that love is when you would do anything for that other person, even die if it would save them. Found you through Tara's weekend blog hop.

    Leetah East

  3. Love is NOT whopping your husband upside the head with a frying pan no matter much he might deserve it :p
    Other than that I like the bible definition..long suffering and kind, does not envy,does not boast, it is not proud, it is not rude, it is not self seeking, not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

    Following you back.

  4. I'm a new follower of your blog. I hope you'll stop by my blog and follow me too!

  5. Following from weekend blog hop!

  6. Hi Kirsten, really neat post! So glad that you found my blog and that you're following me. I'm now following you back and look forward to all of your posts! Happy Weekend! Roz at la bella vita

  7. new follower, check me out at wheneva u can:)

  8. I should have NEVER pressed the play button. Now the song is stuck and my head and you KNOW the movie has ruined it by the fact that I give myself whiplash now each and every time.
    I'm following you from the weekend blog hop over at graphics by Tara.

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