I married this guy...
And two years later, it's so encouraging to see how our relationship has continued to grow, surprise and challenge me. I have truly been blessed with a complement to all my crazy, and I love him dearly.
Some months ago I came across this post on A Blog About Love, quoting a letter from John Steinbeck to his son, Thom, who had written about being in love with a girl named Susan. I absolutely loved what Steinbeck had to say...
"First -- if you are in love -- that's a good thing -- that's
about the best thing that can happen to anyone. Don't let anyone make
it small or light to you.
Second -- There are several kinds of love. One
is a selfish, mean, grasping, egotistical thing which uses love for
self-importance. This is the ugly and crippling kind. The other is an outpouring of everything good in you --
of kindness and consideration and respect -- not only the social
respect of manners but the greater respect which is recognition of
another person as unique and valuable. The first kind can make
you sick and small and weak but the second can release in you strength,
and courage and goodness and even wisdom you didn't know you had.
You say this is not puppy love. If you feel so deeply -- of course it isn't puppy love.
But I don't think you were asking me what you feel. You know better
than anyone. What you wanted me to help you with is what to do about it
-- and that I can tell you.
Glory in it for one thing and be very glad and grateful for it. The object of love is the best and most beautiful. Try to live up to it."
Here's to a lifetime of living up to love. :)