What is this thing called love?

I asked my husband to read over today’s post, to see if he thought it was too personal, or too smarmy, or if it didn’t make enough sense, or what.  He went out, read it, came back in, and said — this is a true story — he said, “Well, that was the stupidest thing I’ve ever read.”

I guess you had to be there.  It was funny.  We laughed.  Eventually he let out that, while it was pretty girly and, while maybe not precisely smarmy, definitely within the outlying environs of smarm — he thought that I earned it, because I am a girl, and just had a baby, and so on.

So here you are, and if you don’t like it, it’s just because you don’t understand love the way I do.



  1. Well, I like it (and I’m not even babymooning yet, just a cranky, sleep-deprived, hippo-like 35 weeks) – and you’re right, though it hadn’t really occurred to me to *really* look at it that way, that we aren’t just balancing each other, we’re a totally different entity than had previously existed. Hmm, good food for thought.
    Also, when I looked at the title, the first thing I thought of was Lynn Truss’ grammar book, “Eats, Shoots, and Leaves” since, in the kids’ version, she has a sentence that runs: “What is this thing called, honey?/What is this thing called honey?”

  2. Pope John Paul II tells us that we need to begin with understanding what a thing is and then understand the doing that follows from being. . .

    Can we begin with love as defined in the Catechism of the Catholic Church? (The second edition with green cover has definitions in back.) For a philosophical discussion from a Catholic perspective, see Faith, Hope, Love by Jopsef Pieper. For a theological discussion, see The Yes of Jesus Christ by Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI.

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