Where is the Love?

Thursday, February 10, 2011

"Oh, innocent victims of Cupid,
Remember this terse little verse;
To let a fool kiss you is stupid,
To let a kiss fool you is worse."

(Anthropologie Peppered and Striped skirt and Field Game Cardi, J.Crew gold rose tank, HUE tights, UO Kimchi Blue Oxfords)
You know what I hate about Valentine's Day?
I hate that our culture has made it so exclusive--
that people feel left out of the festivities because they're not married or in a dating relationship,
completely disregarding the various ways or beautiful forms love can take in our lives.

I am a mother. A daughter. A wife. A friend.
I am all of these.
But without the love they involve they're meaningless labels that
outline the parameters of my life.
While my romance with Scott is filled with certain enjoyable benefits,
my other relationships are no less meaningful--
full of smiles, secrets, touches, tickles,
dreams, cuddles, and kisses.

From my children, I've learned to choose the real over the fake.
From my parents, I've learned the value of working over whining.
And from my friends, I've learned to decipher between the true and the false.

I just love LOVE--everything it encompasses, every relationship it involves.
So, just when did love get so confined in the box of romance?

I'm sure you're probably thinking,
"You're a good one to talk, Kristina...
You've got the husband, the kids, the parents, the friends."
And it's true, I do.
But even married people can take love for granted...
forget to cherish their children and misuse their friends.

Whether you're in a romantic relationship or not,
if you stopped to consider the beauty that is your life, you would very likely
realize you are absolutely the world to at least one other person...
that one who never wishes to change you, but by knowing them, has changed you forever.
the one who sees the good in you and forgives everything else in you.

And if you can just embrace the love you've already been shown
in the forms you've overlooked, maybe one day, you'll pass that special someone on the road
when you're not looking for it, when you're least expecting it.
And they'll probably, no definitely, turn their head
and risk pinching a nerve and wrecking their car, just to get another look at you...

but whether that day ever comes or not, why not use Valentine's Day
to celebrate all the other people in your life who will love you for like, ever.

13 comments:

  1. OH MY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    BEAUTIFUL shots!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I especially LOVE the one with you and your precious little one.
    you are a GENIUS!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. SCORE!
    I am the first one~ :D

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  3. This is beautiful. I agree- it shouldn't be a day for people to feel left out. Everyone has someone to love. I love the pictures with your children. They were darling.

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  4. Great post!! I've been echoing the same sentiments lately! I'm glad I'm not the only one!

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  5. Love these gorgeous pictures!!

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  6. A truly beautiful and inspiring post Kristina. The pictures are just as beautiful. I love that one of the red converse shoes - so cute! I also love that one of you and all your kids. I had to scroll back and look at the pictures again just to get another dose of cuteness!

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  7. What a lovely post! Your pictures are all very Valentine's Day inspired - love them. And ps - adorable outfits! Happy weekend/Valentine's Day! Have a great time celebrating w. those you love!

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  8. Well said. I don't think Valentine's Day should be so exclusive either. Everyday should be Valentine's day. These photos and your family are so beautiful. I especially like the photo of the red converse because I have a pair just like that. Maybe I'll wear them on Valentine's Day for fun :)

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  9. Beautiful post Kristina! I've always thought V-day was kind of odd, but lately I've been thinking of it kind of like Thanksgiving... thinking about the things, people, places, and sentiments that I love, I'm thankful that I have them in my life!

    btw, that jcrew top is crazy cool! I love its dimensionality!

    Lorispeak

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  10. Came over here from your comment on my very humble little blog, and I'm in love with your photography! And style! You've been added to my google reader. :)

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  11. you and your kids are adorable as can be!!! I want to squeeze them. but that would be weird since I don't really know them and they might be scared of that too. haha.

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  12. your little girl is a doll! miss you!

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  13. Could your kids be any cuter, really? I hope you keep blogging, for like...ever. You're an amazing, creative mind with impeccable style! Thanks for sharing.

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