What's Love Gotta Do With It?
By Tiffany Mangum Cooke on June 20, 2012
This summer is turning out to be a Summer of Love. You may have missed the message because it often gets lost in other news stories. Being a hopeless romantic, they always catch me eye.
Around here, I've been following my friend Steph's support of the Pride Parade because she values human rights, not just her own. I admire her ability to take a stand on issues. I want to be more like her.
I've also been following the debates on love and whose love is valid in America. Ellen Degeneres responded to her protesters, "I mean if they have a problem with spokespeople, what about the Pillsbury Dough Boy? He runs around without any pants on...what kind of message is that?" I hope I can be as graceful under fire.
Josh and Lolly Weed shared their story on their tenth wedding anniversary and Club Unicorn began. Their story also made front page news here. Josh said, "It is about one human being connecting with another human being they love."
Dan from Single Dad Laughing wrote a response to Josh and Lolly Weed today. His words also affected me deeply. "Knowing how hard people I love have tried and tried and tried until that trying completely broke them, and how trying has done nothing but hurt them and leave them alone and desperate..."
Two people I love are experiencing the same debate in their own lives. To protect them from my need to find meaning late at night and forgetting other people sometimes read what I have to say, I dodge issues and hide behind vague words that you can puzzle meaning from if you know my story. I hope someday all of us can realize that love's gotta lot to do with it so we call all be our authentic selves and not have to hide who we are.
A new friend in the blogosphere reminded me today that we all deserve the most incredible earth shattering romantic love imaginable. May we all be blessed with love.