They are there when you need them as surely as when they need you.
They predict what your needs might be and try to provide them–within reason.
What they provide is what you need as well as what they themselves need to give.
They will dance with you every now and then even if they look silly and step on your toes.
You can tell you are their favorite person to be around.
They have the confidence in you to tell you the truth about themselves.
Their face lights up when you enter the room.
They would be willing to give up their favorite chair to you without revealing they are doing so.
They try to understand your dog, your art, your poetry and your cooking.
They are good to your relatives.
They are kind in telling you what they perceive to be the truth about you.
They console without judgement.
You can tell they’d like to be on your side–for your sake– even when they really aren’t.
They are not always the one to say good night first.
(After I posted my writing to the prompt today, I realized that the topic warranted more thought. All of the points in both posts apply both ways, of course. Love is a two-way street.)
Letting go when you’d like to hold on because you know it would be better for them. Overlooking hurt because you can see motives through their eyes as well as your own. Validating their goals, desires, morals, taste, choices even if they are ones you don’t share. Enabling their progress through the life they choose.
Learning who you need to be to further your relationship. Opening your heart even when it frightens you. Venting your anger in a way that will not destroy them or your love for each other. Enduring the hard times your relationship will inevitably go through.
Letting it be sometimes. Omitting parts of the truth that will hurt more than they will help. Veering off the straight forward path of yourselves to create a mutal path somewhere between. Earning their love by being that best person both of you want you to be.
Love is Not:
Letting go of essential & important parts of yourself just to please them. Overlooking harm they might bring to you or others. Validating unacceptable behavior because you fear they will not love you if you tell the truth. Eating the rest of the chocolate–including their share!!! Looking away to avoid seeing the truth. Existing in a world apart from your true self just to be with them. Scheming to keep their love no matter what. Setting a goal in life and expecting them to follow unresistingly because they love you.
The Prompt: I Want to know What Love Is–We each have many types of love relationships–parents, children, spouses, friends. And they’re not always with people; you may love an animal, or a place. Is there a single idea or definition that runs through all the varieties of “love”?