According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, love is both a noun and a verb. Unfortunately, many people fail to realize that. They might be good at professing their love 100 times a day, but when it comes to the down and dirty, the taking action, the making sacrifices, the actively planning for a loving future, they fall short.
Do you love someone? Then prove it. Even if you’re sure they know. It’s important. Create experiences that actively show that you’re taking the other person into consideration and that you want them to feel special.
Here is love in action.
- Recently, Dear Husband needed to take a trip to Marenakos Rock Center to check out some decorative rock for an upcoming project. He waited for a day when I could come along, because he knows I am a rock geek. We had fun riding the golf cart around the large facility to enjoy the rock pillars, benches, slate, statues, fountains, etc. It was quite fascinating.
- On that same day, we passed a u-pick-em blueberry farm and decided to stop. I really wasn’t very interested, because it was hot, and for some reason I assumed that blueberry bushes would have thorns like blackberry brambles do. (They don’t.) I’m not even that crazy about blueberries. But I was willing to do it because I know that DH does enjoy them. He was willing to limit the visit to a half hour because he knows I don’t deal with heat well. And it turns out that we both had fun.
- Love is also picking up the slack for your partner when that person is clearly exhausted or overwhelmed.
- Love is listening to your partner when that person is exhausted or overwhelmed, and validating their feelings without giving unsolicited advice.
- Love is removing splinters.
- Love is planting flowers as well as buying them.
- Love is going ziplining against your better judgment because your partner wants to.
- Love is being open to trying new things.
- Love is sleeping with the light on so your partner can read.
- Love is making plans for the future based on both people’s needs and desires.
- Love is taking your partner to the romantic La Rustica restaurant, and then to a delightful candlelight rooftop concert without it necessarily being a special occasion.
I’m one lucky woman. I hope you are lucky, too, dear reader. We all deserve the verb of love.
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