“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.”
There are so many songs about love it was hard to choose but I came up with these two music videos I hope you enjoy while reading:
The story of Eros (Cupid) and Psyche is one of my favorite myths. Love, betrayal, adventure, adversity and redemption are all in this tale and we get a happy ending, too.
I first read about this couple in Edith Hamilton’s Mythology. Her version is not available to put up because of copyright laws but I did find another beautiful adaption based on a novel called The Golden Ass by Lucius Apuleius and written in the 2nd century AD:
Now how such a lovely story came from a book called ‘A Golden Asse’ I don’t know but if you’re curious, here’s a link to the book:
Some of my favorite lovers:
Merry Wilding and Devon Crandall from The Windflower by Laura London aka Tom and Sharon Curtis. The best romance ever. A historical novel set during the Revolutionary War. She’s a British sympathizer and he’s a patriot sort of pretending to be a pirate. I have every copy ever printed of this book. Highly recommended.
Phillip Brooks and Jennifer Hamilton from Lightning That Lingers by Tom and Sharon Curtis. Can a stripper (him) and librarian (her) find love? Why yes, they can.
Sun Wolf and Starhawk from the The Ladies of Mandrigyn (and its sequels) by Barbara Hambly. He’s a mercenary captain and she’s he’s right hand lieutenant. Sometimes love is right under your nose, a bright and steady flame.
Ingold Inglorion and Gil from The Darwath Trilogy (actually a series of about five books altogether) by Barbara Hambly. A wizard and a warrior from two different worlds find that love comes in all forms and under adverse conditions.
Antryg Windrose and Joanna from the series of books known as The Windrose Chronicles by Barbara Hambly. Even when you’re not sure if the person you love is quite sane love gives you the strength to believe in him anyway. Again lovers from two different worlds.
The Sandtiger and Del from the Sword stories by Jennifer Roberson. If I had to choose a favorite fantasy series, these books would be it. Northern Del hires something of a chauvinist, southern Sandtiger to help find the men who killed her family and sold her brother into slavery. Such a simple sentence for a complicated tale. Trust me, if you like fantasy, adversity, adventure and love this is the tale for you.
Robin Hood and Maid Marian. There are so many books out there about the couple. Jennifer Roberson and Robin McKinley both come to mind with awesome versions.
Edward Cullen and Bella Swan from the Twilight books by Stephanie Meyers.
Beauty and the Beast. Again so many versions by writers like Teresa Medeiros, Robin McKinley, Hannah Howell and Eloisa James. The Disney cartoon is also a favorite. Interestingly, the story is considered to be another version of Eros and Psyche.
Angela and Paul McGill from A Lifetime of Love by Angela and Paul McGill. It’s still a work in progress.
Holly and John Smith from Traveling Hearts by Holly and John Smith. Also, a work in progress.
Love is a gift that is all too often taken for granted or given a set of rules to abide by. Do you remember that old saying, ‘if you love something set it free like a butterfly, if it comes back it is yours’? How many of us are capable of that kind of sacrifice? I think this quote sums it up best and should make a complicated decision easy:
“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”
So then the question becomes do you really love? Do you love someone or something enough to let it be free?
Love is also not just for humans. Think about that on this day of love and give someone a hug or something a pet.
Love and Peace to everyone.
Happy Valentine’s Day.