Love is …


For some people, love is something you fall into like a lake or a mud puddle after the rain.

For some people, love is something you fall out of like a sandbox after the other pushes you one time too many.

For some, love is a fire that can only be put out by possessing the other and keeping them near to be used like an addict uses a drug.

For some, love is passion at first glance, the lust from your eyes down to the core of your down-there, like a promise of mind-blowing intimate experiences.

For some, love is like a rare flower growing in the wild or a life-enhancing medicine hiding in the bark of a tree.

For some, love is nurtured like a gardener fertilizes and prunes a rose bush.

For some, love is grown like a vine planted by hands (or Hands) unknown and tended by those who are drawn to its beauty.

For some, love is a dance of giving and sharing, coming together and pulling apart, like a symphony that blends diverse elements to create something whole and awe-inspiring.

For some, love is finding another reason to fulfill your vows and to be glad that your lover does the same.

For ME, love is all of this and more. I am one of those “some people” and, if I have learned anything, it is this:

Love is the one Holy thing that exists and  Love is the one earthly thing that matters above all else.

(Dedicated to my wife, Barbara Gatewood, and the family she and I created together, as well as all those “some people” who feel love.)

This post was inspired by the #Writing101 Class, 3rd day prompt — take one of the listed one words and write about it. It was written on a notepad over dinner while in Nashville, TN, on Tuesday, September 8, 2015.)


About Tim Gatewood

60+, male, widowed/single. Writer with a day job. Notary Public. #catdaddy Science fiction and fantasy fan, avid reader, Founder of the Darrell Awards. Author of _Getting Started As A Notary Signing Agent_ (available from Please be kind to one another.
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12 Responses to Love is …

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  2. Ritu says:

    Tim this is beautiful.
    I’m sorry for your loss. Your wife was a lucky woman to have someone who loved her so completely. 💜

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  3. lafriday says:

    That would be: “lucky woman.” My fingers and brain are not connecting today.

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  4. lafriday says:

    Tim, it sounds as if you are a lucky man. Your wife is a lucky family that you are able to publicly acknowledge it. The photos is perfect.

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  5. Rajagopal says:

    Love, above all, is energy of the sublime kind, binding and creating. May the cosmic power bless you and yours abundantly…

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  6. Written like a man who knows and treasures the Lord as well as his wife. Lovely work.

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    • Tim Gatewood says:

      Thank you, Beckie Lindsey. After I posted this article, it occurred to me that I could have written a much longer piece filled with nothing but quotes from the Bible about love. After I get back home (where all my reference materials are), I may do that. As God IS Love, as Jesus taught us, I expect He is happy with anything positive that is said about the topic. It always best to slip in a little sermon without people realizing that that is what they are reading or hearing. 😉

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  7. Winner-winner-chicken-dinner!! So glad you’re taking Writing 101, too! 😀
    This post reminds us, vividly and gently, that we can hold all kinds of disparate and divergent points of view about something all the same time, and it’s all okay, if we just allow it. Thank you, and best wishes to you and your loving family! 😀

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  8. Anand says:

    You are right. “Love is the one earthly thing that matters above all else.” It makes even the worst of times, better.

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  9. rosemawrites says:

    I love the similes and metaphors in your work. But I love your dedication to your wife the most! It’s just so endearing. 🙂

    You may want to read mine: 🙂

    Liked by 3 people

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