Sunday, February 14, 2010

Different Kinds of Valentines

We celebrate love on Valentine's Day.

I love my husband. I love my children. And I could not tell you which one I love the most. I love them all the most, but each in a different way. I love lots of other people too (not to mention my Creator), but that's a whole other story.

For obvious reasons, the Captain is my True Love, my anchor, and I love him with all my heart.

Then there is Boo Bear, my first born and capturer of my heart. I wasn't sure about her, and the road of her development started out challenging and has remained so. But she was First. And I have grown to love her with an earned love. I value that love more highly than a flowery emotional love. She is a fighter, full of initiative and strength. I don't always understand those qualities, but I love her for having them. Boo is awesome just the way she is.

As for the Rooster, well, I wasn't sure about him either. I thought I wanted another girl, so I waited until the delivery room to find out what we were getting. I wanted those four extra months of hope, even though Boo adamantly referred to my swollen belly as "her brother." Then when he was born, the rush of hormones took away any scrap of care I had about whether he even had 10 fingers and 10 toes: he was mine. And I loved him fiercely. He is a sturdy, vivacious child, sometimes shy but able to handle the lovely love I hold for him.

And most recently, I fell in love with a little flower we call Lulu. She is the African Violet to the other children's bright sunflower and daisy. My love for her is full of awe at her delicate nature. I marvel at her gentle explorative touch. And I melt whenever she needs anything.

I consider myself lucky to have a heart full of such different kinds of love. I would miss something priceless if any one of them were missing. I'm glad to have them all for my valentines!

Happy Valentine's Day. May your life and your heart be full of many different loves.

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