Sometimes what starts as a silly little thing becomes life-changing. Not life-changing in the dramatic way we’ve come to use that term, but life-changing in the way we view and interact with the everyday world.
If I remember correctly, this particular silly little thing began one ordinary evening. I made my husband’s favorite cereal treats for him to snack on as he watched a movie.
This wasn’t something I did because I was bored. In order to make the snack I had put down the book I was reading, which was special and extraordinary since THIS is pretty much my book-reading theme song.
“That,” I said, as I handed him the deliciously gooey flakes, “is what love looks like.”
But as I started saying it more often (both out loud and to myself) it subtly began to change my perception.
I don’t find laundry particularly stimulating, but a basketful of clean and matched teenage boys’ socks? That’s what love looks like.
Like counting blessings, remembering why we do the tedious and less-fun things in life lightens the burden.
Helping with dishes on a homework-heavy school night? Making a complicated dinner because it’s someone’s favorite? Getting up every few hours at night with a sick child? That’s what love looks like.
A shoulder (or foot) massage after a really rough day. Dinner in the crockpot when you get home from work. An “I’m sorry” dish of blossoms beautifully arranged as a peace offering. The last Reese’s peanut butter cup. Italian chocolate. DATE NIGHT. That’s what love looks like.
And it’s incredibly beautiful.
In a world full of movies and television and books and internet that create strange and sometimes unrealistic expectations for love we have a constant reminder of what love really looks like. And that is not a silly little thing at all.
Today, I hope you’ll be happy to know that love looks like a fun little “This is what love looks like” printable. You can use it for gift tags, or to leave on pillows, or in a lunchbox. You can use it in your gratitude journal as you add a line about what love looked like that day. You can even use it to embellish a scrapbook page or two.
Click the image to the right. Right click the full-sized image and “Save As” to save it to your computer. I used a 1.5 inch and 2 inch Fiskars circle punch and a scalloped circle punch from EKSuccess for the tags featured in this article. You can also hand-cut the tags along the grey cutting lines. The hearts on this printable are available in a digital art kit at CuddlyBuddly.com.