There are a million beautiful words written about love. William Shakespeare’s most famous sonnet begins, “Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate.” And trust Maya Angelou to go deep on Facebook, posting in 2013, “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” Perhaps Lin Manuel-Miranda said it best at the 2016 Tony Awards: “Love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love. It cannot be killed or swept aside.”
For the past four years, we’ve asked readers of The Spokesman-Review to share their love stories with us. We’ve laughed along with blind dates gone wrong, and thrilled in the joy when unrequited love is eventually requited. We’ve admired best friends who become lifelong partners, and even get a little teary-eyed when people discover love has no age barrier. Settle in, and enjoy love – Spokane style.