Sunday, February 14, 2010

Love Is...

     When my husband and I were dating, we were attending separate colleges in different states (until we gave in and got married while still in school). We wrote lots of letters. My  husband almost always included a "love Is..." comic from the newspaper in each letter. I still have all of them. So often they said exactly what we were thinking. For our 25th Anniversary he found a musical framed "love Is..." as a special surprise.


     Love Is...began as a series of little love notes that Kim Grove drew for her future husband, Roberto Casali. The strip was first syndicated in 1970. Kim Casali died in June 1997. Since then, her son Stefano Casali has maintained the strip although it is always shown as "by Kim Casali" and signed "Kim" instead of Stefano.

     In December we celebrated 35 years of marriage. I'm happy to say that my husband still knows what love Is...at least for me. It is the fact that he knows me so well that when I thought I was only getting this...



     ...and I was completely happy with my favorite chocolates. He pulled out these...



     ...a mushy card, my favorite white tulips and this amazing book that I've had my eye on for months. How did he know? Love Is...paying attention to what your wife looks at every time she is in Cracker Barrel.

     I hope each and every one of you had a wonderful Valentine's Day. Love comes in many forms; our spouses, our friends, our children, our pets...I hope that someone loved you today.

26 comments:

Sinful Southern Sweets said...

So sweet! Thanks for sharing!!

DUTA said...

How true, Love is paying attention to your soul mate and his desires!
Lovely post and pictures!

Nancy Jane said...

What a lovely post!

Blondie's Journal said...

This is so sweet, Sue. Your husband is sentimental and thoughtful. And with him buying you the book, maybe they are listening to us after all!

xoxo
Jane

dee dee said...

Happy Valentines day Sue! I just love your story! I had tears well up with your story of how your husbands loves and listens to what you enjoy! You deserve that love! Dee dee

xinex said...

That is so sweet, Sue! Love is.....very thoughtful...Christine

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Dearest Sue
I'm so happy you have a fab husband who appreciates you.. and those comic strips are too cute... He must be a big softie!! have a great week xx Julie

Holly said...

My parents always had those Love is comic strips. I remember them fondly. That books looks great. What a good husband!

Patty Benedict said...

Sue...NOW that is soooo sweet! and congrats on almost 35 years together!!! We will be celebrating our 30th this June...Love is GRAND!!!

Great posting!
Patty

Rettabug said...

Sue, tell your hubby he gets an A+ from the rest of your blogging friends! Good job!

I will go look up that book in a minute but I just HAD to tell you how much I adore your new header& wallpaper. It is soooo refreshing to see blossoms instead of winter white.

fondly,
Rett

Jenny said...

What a beautiful post! And I'm glad you found such a keeper!

You will also be glad if you come and visit my blog this morning announcing the winner of the giveaway. It might be someone you know!

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Sue...you have one special hubby! You lucky lady! Hope your Valentine's Day was perfect! :-)
Hugs,
Susan
P.S. Love your header pic! Hurry up spring!

Maria said...

Hi Sue!
Oh yes, that deserves a special Husband award! Listening that closely ... It's a beautiful thing ♥
Chris and I are right behind you in years... we will celebrate 32 this summer!
And... how lucky we were to live in a time when real letters were written and received. It was something to hold and cherish between visits.
I agree with Susan (above) it's lovely to THINK SPRING...
*Maria

Tammy@InStitches said...

I don't remember if I told you how much I like your new page !

The Quintessential Magpie said...

What a sweet post! I loved every word, and your husband is a prince to pay such close attention. I'm blessed with mine doing that same thing. I only wish I could figure out something wonderful to get Mr. Magpie each year, but he's very hard to buy for, even for a seasoned magpie shopper like me who loves to buy shiny objects for people. :-)

So glad you had a great day!

XO,

Sheila :-)

jackie said...

Aw...how sweet! I always clipped the Love Is when my husband and I were dating. Like you said, it always seemed to say what we were thinking.

Sonia said...

How sweet, Sue....that is really love when he knows exactly what will make you smile.

My BIL has been drawing Valentine, Anniversary cards for my sister since they were in their early teens when they first met....and also each time one of their babies was born.....He never forgets. That is love!

koralee said...

So glad your day was filled with sweetness.Now I hope it carries on through the week...sending you much love. xoxox

Maddycakes said...

OMG!! I love this post! I'm glad you had a wonderful Valentine's Day.
Michelle
Maddycakes Muse

Torie Jayne said...

This is such a lovely post! Have a sweet day!

Sue said...

So true! Thanks for sharing your special Valentine's day. As for us, I believe we live the verse, "Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be." I'm looking forward to coffee on the deck each morning. (weather permitting)

Pat said...

So glad your hubby listens and pays attention ~ you deserve the special treatment! Glad you had a wonderful day.

xoxo
Pat

Angie said...

Very touching, Sue. It's so great to see that you and your husband are still so in love. May it last forever. :)

Someone's Daughter said...

I know first hand how thoughtful he really can be. I hope I find the kind of love the two of you have someday!

Patriotic Mom said...

I have a lot of those little "Love is..." cartoons saved too. Your book looks great. I am glad your LOVE day was so special, Joan

BrightenedBoy said...

In a world of rampant divorce and unstable families, it's nice to know that there are people like you out there.

Thirty-five years must have entailed a lot of compromise and perseverance, the knowledge that your genuine love needed consistent hard work to result in a successful marriage. Too many people expect a fairytale and bolt when things get tough.