My mom passed away a few years ago. So now, just one more card or letter from her would be the greatest gift I can imagine. Romantic love is, of course, a delightful thing. But I have gained an appreciation for that love that is something more, that deep, abiding love that is all-encompassing.
Minnie was starved for affection. Throughout the many years she and Homer had been married, he'd never shown her any outward signs that he loved her. One day Minnie couldn't stand it any longer and blurted out, “Homer, why don't you ever tell me you love me?”
Homer replied without a smile: “Minnie, when we were married, I told you I loved you. If I ever change my mind, I'll let you know.”
Homer may have thought that was good enough—that love never needs to be shared. But he was wrong. Love is the greatest power in the world, but it requires continual circulation to stay strong and vital. It was designed to be expressed.