February 14, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about valentines. It can be Valentine’s Day, the exchange, love for another, romance, or friendship. Have a heart and go where the prompt leads!
The English word love covers a wide spectrum of emotions from liking to loving with mind and heart. The Greek word ‘agape’ has a general meaning of love not based on merit of the person loved, but rather unconditional. It continues to give even when the other is unkind, unresponsive and unworthy. It only desires good things for the other and is compassionate. The Greek word ‘phileo’ is the love with affection, companionship in deep and intimate relationship found in friendship or family.
In this lonely planet, we are losing the agape and phileo love. Many people say, “I love you.” But they mean “I want to own you and control you,” or “I give you when you give me with the same amount,” or “I give you some if you give me more,” or even mean “I give you a little to get you hooked on to give me all.”
I think it takes agape and phileo love to keep a healthy, committed and intimate relationship with friends, family and spouse.
Love Through Tough Times
“I love you, honey.”
“Oh yah? Thank you for yelling at me just now.”
“Well, I told you I wanted to get that big screen TV, but you ignored me.”
“You’re not working. My income is not enough to put food on the table.”
“I mow the lawn. You like to work anyway.”
“Do I have a choice? Why don’t you find a job?”
“I tried. In between looking, I’m bored.”
“You spend more time being bored than looking.”
“I’m not as lucky as you.”
“Luck has nothing to do with it. I could help you do job searching.”