Love: here's what I've decided.

Love. Good grief. I've been pummeled by it. Inspired by it. Addicted to it. Twitterpated. Disappointed. And overcome with awe. As have, I'd wager, many of us.

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And, regardless of the agony, here's what I've decided.

  • Love is that moment when he, who HATES (and I mean HATES) cold water, wades barefoot into the Oregon ocean in search of sand dollars. Repeatedly. Because he knows I love them.
  • It's etched on the faces of my family when they watched me battle cancer.
  • It's in the moment my feline knows exactly when to curl.
  • When my brother, when we were five, used a screwdriver to chip away sheet-rock. (Working quietly to tunnel through the wall that separated our bedrooms.)
  • When a friend suddenly declares that Disneyland is the perfect birthday destination.
  • When he knows that, yes, I'll take mustard with that.

And in the million bits of kindness that surround our everyday. And these things? Are the ones I keep in my pockets. Hoping they spill over, warming the sidewalks—and our footsteps—in hope.

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