Love Lessons Learned

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Min bedre halvdel har mange gode egenskaper, men særlig romantisk er  han nok ikke. Ihvertfall ikke på den tradisjonelle ‘blomster og konfekt og smykker og stearinlys’ måten. Han skjønner ikke poenget med å gi bort ‘døde blomster’ som han kaller dem, og er helt klart typen som viser sin kjærlighet gjennom handlinger. Det tok meg noen år å lære kjærlighetsspråket hans, kan du si. Så Valentine’s Day er ikke akkurat gjenstand for noen stor feiring i heimen. Men jeg klarer å snike inn noen elementer likevel.

heart tree

Som f.eks disse gåsungegrenene og 3D papirhjertene. (De passerte faktisk JB-sensuren også!) Idéen fant jeg her.

Minialbumet som står foran vasen lagde jeg for noen år siden. Den består av 8 bittesmå konvolutter bundet sammen, og inni hver konvolutt står det et lite kjærlighetssitat.

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Jeg tok dem ut alle sammen for å lese dem, og fant ut at det var på tide å oppdatere dem litt. De opprinnelige fant jeg nok i en sitatbok.

Her er de:

“Kjærlighet kan ikke tvinges fram, men kan lokkes fram.”

“Kjærligheten måles ikke etter hvor mange ganger vi rører ved hverandre, men hvor mange ganger vi når hverandre.”

“Love is not blind. It sees more, not less. But because it sees more, it is willing to see less.”

“Evnen til å le sammen er kjærlighetens essens.”

“Livet har lært oss at kjærlighet ikke består i å stirre på hverandre, men sammen se i samme retning.” (Antoine de Sainte Exupéry)

“Kjærlighet er det eneste som vokser når vi ødsler med den.”  (Richard Huch)

“Gresset er ikke grønnere på den andre siden så lenge man husker å vanne.”

“Amor vincit omnia.” 

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Jeg skal altså bytte 7 av dem ut med nye ord om kjærlighet, eller ‘Love Lessons Learned’, som albumet heter. Her er forslagene:

“I am satisfied that a happy marriage is not so much a matter of romance as it is an anxious concern for the comfort and well-being of one’s companion.” (Gordon B. Hinckley)

“Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.” ― C.S. Lewis

“Love is a verb”

“For better or for worse, but not for granted”

“A perfect relationship isn’t ever actually perfect, it’s just one where both people never give up.”

 “A good marriage is like synchronized swimming. It looks easy, but you don’t see all the work that goes on beneath the surface.”

“True love isn’t found, it is built.”

English summary:

My DH has many good qualities, but romantic is not one of them. At least not the traditional flowers and chocolates and candlelight variety. His love language is most certainly acts of service, and it took me a while to learn.It goes to say that Valentine’s Day is not a huge deal at our house. But I do manage to smuggle in a few elements anyway. Like my pussy willow 3D heart tree. I found the idea here.

The mini album propped up against the vase , I made a few years ago. It consists of 8 tiny manila envelopes bound together, and each envelope contains a love quote. I pulled them out to read, and decided it was time for an update.

So here are the originals, and then suggestions for the new ones.

“Love can not be forced, but it can be coaxed.”

“Love is not measured by how many times we touch each other, but how many times we reach each other.”

“Love is not blind. It sees more, not less. But because it sees more, it is willing to see less.”

“The ability to laugh together is the essence of love.”

“Life has taught us that love does not consist of staring into each other’s eyes, but gazing in the same direction.”

“Love is the only thing that multiplies when we waste it.” (Richard Huch)

“The grass isn’t greener on the other side if you remember to water.”

“Amor vincit omnia.” 

“I am satisfied that a happy marriage is not so much a matter of romance as it is an anxious concern for the comfort and well-being of one’s companion.” (Gordon B. Hinckley)

“Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.” ― C.S. Lewis

“Love is a verb”

“For better or for worse, but not for granted”

“A perfect relationship isn’t ever actually perfect, it’s just one where both people never give up.”

 “A good marriage is like synchronized swimming. It looks easy, but you don’t see all the work that goes on beneath the surface.”

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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