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Sun., Feb. 14, 2010, 9:24 a.m.

Absence on Valentines Day…


Good morning, Netizens...

There is a hollowness, an emptiness that takes place on Valentines Day that comes to an unfortunate few, and because most of us are wrapped up in our self-centered celebration of love, we seldom see this woe in others eyes. Those of us who have been blessed in our lives, by flourishing in a strong love relationship typically are so busy feasting upon the richness of our shared lives on Valentines Day we seldom look beyond our immediate joys.

I have known several persons intimately who have lost their spouses, and I bear witness how that empty place at the table, the long silent intervals of time when there is no one to talk with over drinks and the rainy days where no one answers your call causes an ache that only mildly passes over time. It never really leaves you, this missing of your most loved one.

So I feel very fortunate on this Valentines Day to have and hold a dear creature who means more to me than myself.

We are going to go traveling in the rain this afternoon, wandering as is our wont, and constantly be attempting to speak to one another about how it was, is, and will be inexorably bound to one another on this, a day that celebrates our hearts bound together.

I urge everyone to closely clasp that person who means the most to you, and tell them those three little words, “I love you” and the meanwhile, remembering those who are alone on this day.


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