TODAY THE WORDS is PUPPY LOVE. One look at Macy Grace, Bandit, Buster, Luna, and we automatically say Awe! Ooh! and Sweet Puppy. They make us smile instantly and so do all of the other puppies we pet lovers own and this brings us to a subject dear to our hearts. They capture our hearts with one look at we want to take them home with us. We soon forget the training, the accidents, the yapping, the puppy bites, etc. We rub them, give them treats, get them groomed, and allow them to chew our belongings until they get out of the puppy stage and all of the while, we love them. We are truly smitten and if they learn a trick; the videos and the pictures are shared with the world. Today, I am going to go to the other meaning of “puppy love” as it has similarities but distinct differences. Let’s think about our first puppy love as a young child. One of our grandsons has a little girl friend who he says with a sheepish smile, she is my “girlfriend”. They had matching Batman and Batwoman costumes for last Halloween and he doesn’t run as fast to Nana when she is around. It is definitely a good case of puppy love. I could recount many stories similar but I think you get the theme. I had puppy loves and they came and went about as fast as puppies run. There is always a little tingle when someone mentions one of their names even though I haven’t seen some of them since we were small children. I see so many young teenagers with their “crushes” and they might not flee as soon as puppy love; but seldom are they long lasting. I am not sure how serious we should take the “puppy loves” as most are replaced by the real deal later in life. However, parents should respect the effect of the loss of love in any fashion. As we cry when something happens to one of our puppies no matter how old they are and definitely not a puppy anymore; we have to understand the tears, the emotions which accompany the loss and help young people survive this important event and allow them to move on. Later, they will remember those puppy loves in a different light and forget the yapping, the spills, the spoils, the accidents, and replace those memories with good ones. Love comes in all forms and it will help us through the rough times we all go through. Somehow, with all of the pain and all of the joy, “It is better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all” (A famous poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson said it so well). Live life; love life; and live life to the fullest and love, love, love!
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
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