New love is beautiful, seasoned love even more so — as Mr. AOW and I have discovered after more than thirty-eight years of marriage, even as we endure the many limitations forced upon us by Mr. AOW's brain hemorrhage of September 15, 2009.
According to this source, our discovery about seasoned love is not merely wishful thinking on our part:
Valentine's Day may be for young couples, but love ripens with age, says a new Canadian study.From Sonnets for the Portuguese:
The study by researchers at the University of Montreal shows that older couples are more in love than their younger counterparts....
"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways..."An old-fashioned love song for lovers of all ages on this Valentine's Day:
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with a passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, --- I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! --- and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.