Love: sharing laughs and giggles

Wilting flowers and discarded chocolate wrappers are today's reminders that it was Valentine's Day this week.

Love it or hate it, you could hardly escape it.

But for me it is time spent with a loved one, and their words, that mean the most, both spoken and written on a card to keep.

I asked my nine-year-old son if he was going to give someone a Valentine's Day card this year.

The look on his face told me no.

I was lucky to score one from him, but it seems he is still in fear of the dreaded infections he might get from girl germs.

I had thought at one stage my son had taken an early interest in girls.

There we were, at the checkout of a supermarket, and my son was looking admiringly at the checkout operator.

"You have got the greenest eyes I have ever seen," he said, sweetly.

She smiled back, probably thinking how cute he was, until he followed with "They are like the monsters on Scooby Doo".

To him that was a compliment. To her, not so much.

I hope she has someone in her life who loves her green eyes for other reasons.

This week I had the pleasure of taking photographs of a couple about to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. The looks, the laughs, and even the giggles when I was taking their photo just reminded me what love is all about.

My grandparents will celebrate their 66th wedding anniversary this year and my own parents had their 40th wedding anniversary last year.

I'm glad that my parents too share looks, laughs and giggles, they still hold hands and know how to express their love.

I look forward to experiencing years of the same, while teaching my son the value of love.

I want him to know that beauty is not just skin deep, and is more about who you are as a person than what you look like.

And as they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

You have got to love that.

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