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Jan 31, 2010

what is love?

January is coming to a close which means our next big holiday is perhaps one of the most controversial. Valentine's Day. We're all aware it's approaching. You can tell when you turn down that one aisle in the grocery store and are suddenly bombarded with red, pink, and chocolate.

Now, I can't pretend to be a huge fan of Valentine's day, it's never done much for me in the past. My mum loves to joke how anytime I started dating someone in high school it was always around two weeks after Valentine's day, leaving February 14th as this sort of awkward "where are we in this relationship" stage. Last Valentine's Day consisted of everyone in the apartment but me and E. with a bouquet of roses, though I avoided most of it by going to Mexico and making Valentine's with kids at an orphanage there, which really was quite enjoyable. Valentine's day before that consisted of Ju sprawled on the couch moping about the lack of romance in her life while Ang and I made cookies. Again, these were not unenjoyable times. Because contrary to popular belief, love is more than boy+girl+roses,kissing,chocolate = heart.

I find it interesting that we have dedicated a day to love. It makes sense, though, because deep down, all anybody wants is love. It's also something no one seems to be able to quite pinpoint. For the next two weeks I will be exploring different kinds of love on this here blog. Quotes/songs/pictures/movies/experiences etc. Because...It's interesting.

"i probably think about love more than the average person." -J Mag

"i like love, i think it is a fascinating emotion." -T Morrill

I once looked it up in the dictionary and I believe there were something like 12 different definitions. Wait, just looked it up, there are 21.
1. a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.
2. a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend.
3. sexual passion or desire.
4. a person toward whom love is felt; beloved person; sweetheart.
5. (used in direct address as a term of endearment, affection, or the like): Would you like to see a movie, love?
6. a love affair; an intensely amorous incident; amour.
7. sexual intercourse; copulation.
8. (initial capital letter) a personification of sexual affection, as Eros or Cupid.
9. affectionate concern for the well-being of others: the love of one's neighbor.
10. strong predilection, enthusiasm, or liking for anything: her love of books.
11. the object or thing so liked: The theater was her great love.
12. the benevolent affection of God for His creatures, or the reverent affection due from them to God.
13. Chiefly Tennis. a score of zero; nothing.
14. a word formerly used in communications to represent the letter L.
–verb (used with object)
15. to have love or affection for: All her pupils love her.
16. to have a profoundly tender, passionate affection for (another person).
17. to have a strong liking for; take great pleasure in: to love music.
18. to need or require; benefit greatly from: Plants love sunlight.
19. to embrace and kiss (someone), as a lover.
20. to have sexual intercourse with.
–verb (used without object)
21. to have love or affection for another person; be in love.

No wonder it serves as an almost constant confusion for most of the population.

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