With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Love is...

Friday, February 13, 2015

Love is...

Does this sweet cartoon bring back long-ago memories?
When our love was new and young, I snipped these expressions of devotion and affection from the newspaper and added them to a scrapbook I kept of our every moment together.
You know... ticket stubs, wildflowers picked during picnics, little notes, matchbook covers from restaurants where we dined.  Anything and everything that spoke of our enchanting love taped onto pages of a book with the outlook of forever in our hearts.


Forever, when you are seventeen and twenty-four, is very vague.
We could never had anticipated the journey.
the better
the worse
the richer
the poorer
the sickness
the health
the children
the moves
the jobs
the loss of jobs
the friends
the work
the play
the heartaches
the joy
the losses
the gains
the grandchildren
the laughter
the tears
and everything in between  
 and here we are 
 thirty-nine years later
 more in love than ever
still plugging along
growing old together
thanking the Lord
that he loved us first
and teaches us how to love one another.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails
1 Corinthians 13:4-8

About the Cartoons
"Love is..." is a comic strip created by a New Zealand artist Kim Grove in the late 1960s. It began as a series of little love notes that Kim Grove drew for her future husband, Roberto Casali. 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. (source)

The first Love is... cartoon was published in the Los Angeles Times on January 5, 1970, where it has appeared ever since. (source)

16 comments:

Just a little something from Judy said...

What a special way to share your 39 years together with us! I never saw these cartoons, but I do know she has it right. Through it all, you two exemplify the amazing love and grace of our God! I know that I am truly blessed by every visit here, and I see you, your husband and your family giving us glimpses of the I Cor. 13 love of God.

Happy Anniversary!

creativityandfamily said...

Thanks for a lovely post. How we need to remember the little ways to show our love! I'm 39 but I remember some of these as a child. What a blessing be loved and more than anything to be loved by God. Hope you have a special weekend. Sharon. Xx

kitty said...

I remember those darling cartoons, Lorraine, and clipped some myself over the years, with my beloved. What sweet memories you have. Happy ❤️ Day!

Maryann said...

I remember those cartoons, and think I might have a few of them tucked away in a box myself. I love the background story behind this, so sweet. Hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day.

Pondside said...

That was lovely.
We are certainly on the 'same page'. I was sorting through a drawer early in the week, getting ready to re-purpose a little side table. The drawer was full of letters I'd written to The Great Dane from 1970 - 1973, during our 'courtship'. There were some of these cartoons in some of the envelopes.

Ann Thompson said...

That is so sweet. I always love seeing couples who are going strong after all those years.

Lea said...

OMG! I have a book filled with these from back when Hubby and I were courting. How funny!! Happy Valentine's Day!!!!!

Sandi said...

I used to save these too, but mine are long gone. :( Happy Valentines Day!!

Debbie said...

I LOVE these cartoons too and have clipped a few over the years....must be our ages,lol. LOVED this post! Hope you have a marvelous day with your Valentine!

Lorrie said...

Those are lovely cartoons. How great that you kept them all these years.
I have a scrapbook or two of our dating years, filled with old ticket stubs, paper napkins, and crumbling foliage. Wonderful memories and we're still in love today. Truly a blessing from the Lord.
Enjoy your day!

Gypsy Heart said...

I've always loved these! I think it's wonderful that you created a scrapbook of special memories. The photos are beautiful!

xo
Pat

Debbie Huffaker said...

Awwww ....I remember those....sweet memories!

podso said...

I remember these cartoons. You have a good collection. Better yet were your own words about how you have loved each other through the events that life brings over the years.

Maggie Ann said...

How sweet and how true! Happy Valentine's Day to you. =)

Joy said...

I used to cut those out of the paper and give to my ex-husband. The one that stands out in my mind is the one that read, "Love is giving her the best paint brush." The Ex crossed out 'best' and wrote in 'only'. My now husband would not only give me the best paint brush, he'd do all the painting by himself if I asked. I truly think this man would sacrifice his life for mine.

Debby Ray said...

What a sweet Valentine post. My hubby and I will celebrate 39 years together in August...been through it all and it was the not-so-happy times when we found the Lord together. Thanks for sharing this :)

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