As the author of a blog called Drunk on Love in the Kitchen, I knew I had to post on Valentine’s Day. This holiday conjures up dreams of kisses for some and animosity in others. Me? I’ve always adored Valentine’s. I loved exchanging those silly cards in grade school. I prayed a boy would slip me a love letter in my locker as I grew older. My children still get care packages and cards filled with chocolates and candy hearts and gifts. It’s a festival of love, whether it is romantic, friendly, or family. A day cloaked in pink roses and red hots. Oh, what’s not to love about this day?
And the words written about love….oh, the beautiful, heartbreaking, breathtaking words that have flowed from writers’ pens to readers’ hearts….These words fill me with such passion. I pause to consider life’s wonders as I share a few of them…
He stepped down, trying not to look long at her, as if she were the sun, yet he saw her, like the sun, even with looking.
- Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.
- Nicole Krauss, The History of Love
Doubt thou the stars are fire; Doubt that the sun doth move; Doubt truth be a liar; But never doubt I love.
- William Shakespeare, Hamlet
Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.
- Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights
Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be.
- Robert Browning, Rabbi Ben Ezra
If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.
- A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.
- William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
I just want you to know that you’re very special…And the only reason I’m telling you is that I don’t know if anyone else ever has.
- Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
If people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.
- John Green, Looking for Alaska
And I’ll still stay, to have thee still forget, forgetting any other home but this.
-William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.
- John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up.
- James Baldwin
-J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
So sulk not, my dear friends. Embrace the warmth of Valentine’s Day. Write a letter to a friend. Bake cookies. Read a romantic tale. Watch a sappy movie. Choose joy. And me? I’m going to bake a lemon tart and sip some wine because I wish to be drunk on love in the kitchen.