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Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's Day 2011

(If you must have politics, please scroll down. I have two posts for today)

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.

The study by researchers at the University of Montreal shows that older couples are more in love than their younger counterparts....
From Sonnets for the Portuguese:
"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways..."

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.
An old-fashioned love song for lovers of all ages on this Valentine's Day:


  1. AOW, I think you and Mr. AOW and hubby and I have been married the same number of years. There are few people who can claim that victory, ha. Still in love after all these years...

    Right Truth

  2. My parents were married for 52 years. Mum passed on Jan 17th. We went to Scotland for the funeral. I thought I would find a broken down father; quite the opposite. He realizes that life must move on. He loved her dearly; he was her caretaker for the last ten years of her life and suddenly he has a lot of time on his hands.

  3. what lovebirds!..VALENTINE hugsssssss!..xxooo

  4. We were very much still in love after 23 years together...seasoned love is wonderful and I'd so hoped to have much more.
    God bless all of you who have your mates with you, cherish them...for me and MR. Z

    Happy Valentine's Day...

  5. It will be 29 years for us this September and although we are very comfortable with eachother's company, we still find time to be silly on occasion. Keeps us young at heart.

  6. Cheers my friends! Kiss and hug each other !
    Have a glass of vine, and let the music play !
    Be happy ! Don't worry too much! Why bother ?
    Valentine will be back again next year any way !...


  7. A good sense of humor is what gets Mr. AOW and me through these difficult times.

  8. Z,
    I often think of your having lost Mr. Z in such an untimely manner.

    Valentine's Day must be a very difficult time for you, my friend.

  9. Sometimes simple warmth and affection is the greatest expression of love.

  10. Hi AOW! Much love & blessings to you and your Husband. He is very lucky to have such a wonderful wife to help and care for him! Happy Valentines Day to you both, too.


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