"Only 59 percent of Japanese said they had experienced love the previous day." http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-13/valentine-s-day-and-the-economics-of-love.html …
Now, if this is true it is truly sad. I don't think about love much, actually. I just take love for granted. I said Happy Valentine's Day to Terry and he said, "Oh, yeah, it's Valentine's Day, isn't it." He takes love for granted too.
I love my children, grandchildren and all their significant others. I love my friends, and I hope they know it. And I love Freddy. He has given me permission to post a picture of him, his favorite, with his man, Terry.Cousin Jerry, whom we love, took this picture. He is such an excellent photographer. This shows the relative importance of Terry and Fred in the mind of Fred. But we indulge him.
And here is my little lost love, Coco, at Cannon Beach, many many years ago. She died at age eighteen and is buried in the back yard behind the orchid house. I adored her wistful little look.
And here is a thought for these days when we tend to go on and on about our emotions and how full of feelings we are, Mystery's Song from Spensers Fairie Queene
I am come to lock all fast,
Love without me cannot last.
Love, like Counsels of the Wise,
Must be hid from Vulgar Eyes.
'Tis holy, and we must conceal it,
They profane it, who reveal it.
I could not find countertenor Alfred Deller's performance of Mystery's Song but did find this beautiful expression of grief, The Plaint, From The Fairie Queene. Oh, darn, now I'm getting all teary.
Have a wonderful and loving day with those you love and with the memories of those who loved and were loved who have passed on.