February 14, 2012
“Once in awhile,
Right in the middle of an ordinary life,
Love gives us a fairy tale.”
When Cupid first laid eyes on Psyche, Greek goddess of the soul, he was so overcome by her beauty that he dropped an arrow on his foot, and fell in love with her.
But even Cupid couldn't explain what he was feeling.
"So what is this thing...called Love? "
Despite Oscar Hammerstein advising us — "Fools give you reasons, Wise men never try," — we are foolish enough to try.
Could Agatha Christie, who unraveled many mysteries, unravel this one?
"It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them."
The problem may have been in trying to narrow love down. Tom Hanks realized that was impossible:
"It was a million tiny things...”
That didn’t help.
Giacomo Casanova chimed in, and probably sent the search for its meaning back a few thousand years:
“I have always loved truth so passionately that I have often resorted to lying as a way of introducing it into the minds which were ignorant of its charms.”
Cole Porter, who always knew the score, asks if you will recognize it when you find it:
“Is it an earthquake, or is it a shock, Is it the good turtle or merely the mock?
Who else but Shakespeare could close the show:
“They do not love that do not show their love.”
So whether it's "for all time or simply a lark," today is the day to show it.
Happy Valentine's Day everyone.