There are times we take our loved ones for granted, assuming they’ll always be there. Pfft! We don’t need to tell them we love them or hug them and kiss them every day, because they should just know, right? But, the truth is, life is short and love is fleeting, so why not say those three little words or show a little affection? All it’s really doing is letting someone know they are loved and making you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. No harm in that.
There’s only one other thing that rivals that feeling of being loved: seeing other people in love.
No, we’re not talking about teenagers who can’t keep their paws off one another or even newlyweds on their big day. We’re talking about two people in it for the long haul. Adorable silver-haired, wrinkly couples who have lived a life together, who have seen some stuff and who are still happy with that person by their side.
And if they’re holding hands? Well, that takes it up another notch. Because after everything those hands have done — held babies, built fences, made dinners, signed leases, thrown baseballs, what have you — they still don’t want to let go of each other.
Seeing these couples together makes you realize that someone can love you forever. It’s what many of us — heck, most of us — strive for. It’s a sign of everlasting love, lifelong companionship between two people. And if they can have it, why can’t you? It’s not only an absolutely lovely thing to witness but it also gives us all hope, hope that we, too, can experience that kind of deep, real love, find someone who will share their life with us and with whom we can build wonderful memories — even some that are not-so-good. It’s all of it — the good, the bad and the ugly — that shapes individuals and couples. You can just feel the tenderness, the appreciation, the hurt, the loss and the forgiveness from all those years of learning and living. Now, that’s true love.