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Words For My Valentine

For my Brian…

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A Kiss

A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.

~Ingrid Bergman

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Friday’s Love Quote

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.

~Lao Tzu

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Words and Love

What’s in a Name that Which We Call a Rose?

Just when you thought it was safe to walk the streets again, you’re being reminded to buy chocolates and flowers to profess your love. With Christmas and the New Year barely behind us, the season has magically honed into Valentine’s Day. Don’t get me wrong I like the day of love, but I’d like a little breathing room between holidays.

While the reason for Valentine’s Day is well known, the origin of the red rose being the symbol for love isn’t. My boyfriend so kindly pointed out this enigma and I was instantly curious. Besides, I didn’t want to write any old blog about Valentine’s Day. 🙂

The word “rose” means pink or red in the Romance and Greek languages, and is an ancient symbol of love and beauty. Hence, the reason the rose is identified with the Greek and Roman goddess of love, Aphrodite and Venus. Specifically, the red rose is one of the most universal symbols and carries more meaning than many other colors.

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Red Rose

The modern red rose was introduced to Europe from China in the 1800’s. The color red itself evolved from an early primal symbol for life into a metaphor for deep emotion. Many early cultures used the flower as a part of marriage ceremonies. Through this practice, the red rose became known as a symbol for love and fidelity. As the tradition of exchanging roses and other flowers as gifts of affection came into prevalence, the red rose naturally became the flower of choice for sending the strongest message of love. This is a tradition that has endured to the present day.

Thanks to that little history lesson, it’s understandable why red roses are a popular way to say “I love you”. And having a bouquet delivered to a lover on Valentine’s Day makes a strong romantic statement, even in a budding relationship. Red is a powerful provocative color that can elicit an equally compelling response. So what better choice than the red rose to represent the day of love and lovers worldwide?

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Nothing as sweet as a rose

Enjoy!

~Anita

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Sources:

Wikipedia: Rose (symbolism)

Primary Significance: Love and Romance

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Thursday’s Love Quote

For my son…

When you look into your mother’s eyes, you know that is the purest love you can find on this earth.

~Mitch Albom, For One More Day

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Unconditional Love

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Wednesday’s Love Quote

Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself – and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That’s what real love amounts to – letting a person be what he really is.

~Jim Morrison

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Friendship=Love

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I Like It When You ____________

Hello Valentine Believers:

I just wanted to share something to add to your Valentine’s week. If you’re looking for an unique way to express how your partner contributes to your happiness, play the “I like when you…” game.

For instance, when you’re having some alone time or exchanging midday texts with your love, share the things he or she does that makes you feel good. Some examples: I like it when you take an interest in my day. I like it when you remember my favorite foods. I like it when you make me laugh when I’m having a bad day. I like it when–you get the picture. 🙂

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Not only is this a great tool to express your gratitude, but it opens up communication barriers between you and your significant other. So, make this Valentine’s week (or any day) unique by playing this fun game. I hope this little tidbit adds to your fabulous week.

Enjoy!

~Anita

Follow Anita on Twitter: @Emranija

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Tuesday’s Love Quote

A happy marriage doesn’t mean you have a perfect spouse or a perfect marriage. It simply means you’ve chosen to look beyond the imperfections in both.

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Monday’s Love Quote

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.

~Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Love is better than hate

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