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Show me the Love

 

Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. My prayers have been answered and I have a snow day today! So I’m going to be writing, editing, making bean soup and running. Ugh on the running part, but it’s a necessary chore if I want to stay healthy. Right? 🙂

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Anyway, today I’d like to talk about how people show love. This post was inspired by my friend Christine and her blog post, “What love looks like when you are Sick.” Here’s the link: https://imsickandsoareyou.com/2018/02/09/what-love-looks-like-when-youre-sick/

 

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It’s a touching post and it got me thinking about the ways people in our lives show their love, and the fact that there are so many different kinds of love in the world. I don’t know about you, but I think it is truly amazing that the kind of love we need appears just when we need it. Have you ever noticed that?

There’s the love of a mother for her sons. The love of a father for his daughters. The love of a husband for his wife and vice versa. The love of a brother for his sister and of a sister for her brother.  The love of one cancer survivor to another.

That camaraderie you can only have by going through something together or through a similar situation. I love the woman who helped me deal with my chemo. She was there as a calming voice in the swirling vortex of my anxiety when my fingers and toes began to go numb from the medication I was given. She understood my fear. The fear that my fingers would stay numb and I wouldn’t be able to type any more. That’s love folks. Love of a survivor holding the hand of someone who wants to survive.

 

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There’s also the love of my sons for me. They were bright lights in my dark world at that time.  I remember my oldest calming my fears when my anxiety had ramped up and I didn’t want to do chemo any more. I’d lost my hair and twenty pounds. He put his hand on my shoulder and said, “Mom. You only have two months left.”

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He was so calm and reasonable and that’s when I knew I could do it.  I never thought I’d be turning to my son for emotional support like that. It was an incredible moment.

Now that I’m better, we don’t talk about those days. Instead my kids show me love by stealing my blanket and still asking for bedtime stories even though they’re in the tween and teen years. Those moments are precious to me because I know they’ll soon be grown and off to conquer the world. I’ll hold onto those memories and they’ll sustain me when I miss them.

They say that people who live for experiences are happier than people who live for things and I believe that’s true. I wouldn’t trade my memories for all the money in the world.

What are your thoughts? How do the people in your life show you their love? Leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you.

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I'm a Young Adult Author with two new series, "The Starlight Chronicles" and "The Super Spies." The first one's a coming of age series and the second one's a mystery/thriller series. I'm also the mother of two boys who keep me hopping and they're my inspiration for everything. When I'm not shuttling my boys to school or a play date, I'm writing. When I'm not writing, I'm reading, hiking, or sometimes running. I love anything chocolate and scary movies too.

28 thoughts on “Show me the Love

  1. I love when people show love in small private gestures. My daughter makes coffee when it’s time for me to get off even though it’s late and I don’t want it –I drink it becuse no one asks her to do it. She does it as a welcomed home I love you. It’s better than a gift – it’s love.

    1. That’s awesome, Cynthia. I’m so glad you can see that light in his eyes and just knowing that it’s there for you is such an awesome feeling. Thanks for stopping by and sharing that with all of us! 🙂

  2. Lisa, this may be one of my favorite posts of yours. I could hear your son giving you that quite encouragement. And I know just what you mean, the unexpected gifts of people we know and don’t convince me that love is the fuel of the universe. So beautiful.

    1. Awww…thanks, Angela. You’re so sweet. This is one of my favorite posts, too. Just remembering that moment with my son brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for stopping by and showing me comment love! I appreciate it!

  3. What is love…a cup of tea, my grandson washing my feet as his daddy used to do for his nanny or a cuddle when he gets up in the morning still sleepy but he thinks to give me cuddle…Saving me his last sweet a bit sticky but given with love…so many little things a beautiful post and the way you have portrayed how much your son loves you is awesome…a beautiful post 🙂

  4. So sweet, Lisa. Some of my favorite love gestures come from my son, too. Like when he thoughtfully picks a card out for my birthday or helps me bring the groceries in. 🙂

  5. Hugs! Whether hugs are random or saying hello or goodbye, there’s something about hugs that vibrates love from one to another. Great post, Lisa! Happy Valentine’s Day, girlfriend!

    1. How awesome is that! I love hugs and gentle squeezes. Did you know that hugs are beneficial to your health? It’s scientifically proven that you need a number of hugs a day to protect your health. Who knew? I’m planning on giving more hugs. The world needs them. 🙂 It’s awesome that you’re a runner, too. Do you race or run just for the joy of it?

      1. I just run for the heck of it 🙂 I haven’t done any races, at least not yet. YES I know hugs are good for us and so I’ll keep giving them and asking for some too 😀 Thanks for your beautiful reply here!

  6. I think about these things all the time. I used to think of love in 2 ways: being in love ( something ive yet to experience) or the love of family. But I also realized i had a group of friends who loved me. They were there for me when my brother died so many years ago. They listened to me and supported the best way they could. If that isnt love i dont know what. Recently i reconnected with them on facebook and after 15 + years they didnt forget about me. I never realized that i love them until now

    1. I’m so glad you’ve reconnected on Facebook. Even though there are so many negatives about Social Media, I feel that being able to connect with people we’ve lost touch with is one of the positives. I’ve also connected with old friends and it’s nice to walk down memory lane with them. I’m so sorry to hear about your brother. It’s hard to lose someone we’re close to. Thanks for stopping by and sharing with all of us. It’s greatly appreciated!

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