Thursday, February 15, 2007

Valentine's Day Redux

Patrick and I are improving on the Valentine’s Day front. Yesterday was a delightful day of work, followed by a 90 minute commute home, ending in pizza from Papa Murphy’s and watching CSI on the couch. We also had small gifts for each other that were given thoughtfully. We really are learning.

Valentine’s Day really is a silly holiday. It just creates icky expectations for single people. I think it’s great when you’re in second grade though. Sharing valentines and getting conversation hearts is wonderful.

The day did give me a moment to reflect on love, however, and I wanted to share an amazing quote by one of my all-time faves. It’s from C.S. Lewis:

"To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket — safe, dark, motionless, airless — it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside of Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell. "
I’ve played at wrapping up my heart and putting it away and I have to say that being vulnerable sure beats being safe any day of the week.


Duchess said...

Well said!

annzy said...

I love my dead damned heart ~i'm in a good place with it ~a nice toasty place.

Fantastic Five said...

Love it! I couldn't agree more.

LizzyP said...

I love that quote. In fact, that whole book, The Four Loves, is quotable--I think I have as much underlined in that book as I left without the highlighting.

Liz said...

So true. I sometimes have poked fun at those who seem to be tragically in love and other times have deeply envied them.

Good stuff.