“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan


Real Love Means Changing a Burnt-Out Bulb

This really looks more like love.

Forgive me for using another heart ornament image, but really, don't you think?  That this is more love-like than the other? The other was about that first bite, that falling, that euphoric-I-can't-eat-there-are-butterflies-in-my-belly feeling. This, however, looks like real, enduring, ongoing  love on so many levels. First, all those little lights that look like us  inside - oh, I think we are just full of light! - lights that come & go from our heart, keeping us breathing & walking & dreaming & loving. And second, it just looks messy, does it not? And goodness, love is just about as messy as it gets, isn't it? Things get so tangled up, a bulb goes out here & there, a fuse blows. But we keep untangling the cords, keep straightening them out, we replace those burnt-out bulbs - we even keep extra ones around because we know  we're going to need them. How optimistic  is that?  We don't throw out a perfectly wonderful string of lights when it just needs a little care. We keep fuses just in case, and if we're really lucky, we can even fix the cord if there's a problem, replace the plug. And as messy as it is, we're oh-so-willing to do it.

A funny, messy,
wonderful thing.


  1. I want perfect words for this. I want to give you something as full of truth and as hopeful as this post. Here's all I have just now.

    Amen, sister. Amen.

  2. Quiet possibly
    the best description
    of Love
    in the English language.

  3. ...or for that matter
    any language.

  4. how perfect is that?????

    And for the record, I thought both images were wonderful....perfect for each post that they represent.


  5. oh i love this image... whatever that means.

  6. you have perfectly described LOVE. Nuff said.

  7. Oh...this is so absolutely beautiful and true...

    And your images of your heart ornaments...LOVE-ly...:)


  8. fabulous analogy, yes I think this is much more like love, tangled and messy, and wonderful all at once.

  9. Yes, it is indeed all of that! Like life, full of imperfections. And to be able to love with all of the imperfections is a very profound thing.
    Beautiful post!

  10. Relyn - I hear your Amen, and raise you!

    Anonymous - Wow. Thank you!

    jfrancis - And thank you!

    Jaime - It seemed pretty obvious to me. Messy & beautiful & happy-making. :)

    Polona - Thank you! I can just see a few of your beautiful words accompanying this image. :)

    Deb - It ain't easy, but so worth it. Thank you.

    Celeste - You just never know where the truth may be hiding. Who'da thought in a string of lights & a heart? However, they are not mine. They were outside a restaurant, and oh! I wanted to steal one quite badly, but a stolen heart seemed like such bad karma, and besides, I want all my hearts freely given.

    Suvarna - Thank you. It certainly spoke more about love to me. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one! LOL!

    Paula - All those imperfections keep us interested, I think. Keep us alert. Thank you!

    :) Debi


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