Post-Valentine’s Day Read

With St. Valentine’s Day this past Tuesday, I thought I would share a creative paper I wrote several years ago about love.

The Consequential Power of Love

Scott Fitzgerald

“You are the finest, loveliest, tenderest, and most beautiful person I have ever known- and even that is an understatement.”

A love quote from one of many letters written to Zelda Sayre, later known as Zelda Fitzgerald, F. Scott Fitzgerald confessed his love for her on an elegant piece of parchment. He desperately tried convincing the most beautiful woman he ever laid eyes on of his worthiness for her romance and persuasion of how he would devote his life to her, and only her.

Boy Puppies

When a boy puppy “play-fights” with a girl puppy, he will sometimes let the female win, so that he can get to know her better.

The Parents’ Love for their Baby

It was October 17, 1988 when a small 1 lb, 9 oz beautiful baby girl prematurely came into this cruel world. My big sister was only a six month fetus inside my mother’s womb before an emergency C-section was essential for both’s survival. Because my sister was so underdeveloped, the head doctor tried to convince my parents there was no hope for their daughter- if she did survive, she would be a vegetable for the rest of her life; but love makes you do crazy things, life-saving things. My amazing parents fought long and hard, sacrificed many hours, and let stress burden them months upon months, trying to save their second daughter.

She’s 28 now, my sister Maureen. One really could not tell of her damage except in her hoarse voice due to immature vocal cords. She graduated with honors from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, then she continued graduate school at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This premature infant the doctor said had no chance of living, graduated with a master’s degree in therapy counseling. The doctor was wrong, way wrong. He no longer practices medicine, for his license were revoked. Inside my sister’s inspiring accomplishments, revenge and closure for the other babies who were not as lucky can be found.

High on Love (Or Cocaine?)

Falling in love with someone can generate the emotional feelings of euphoria, sleeplessness, and of course, obsession, which are comparable to cocaine highs.

Sasha Menu Courey

My past teammate, and a rather good friend of mine, at least I thought, loved so deeply and passionately that each time her heart was split in half, she wanted to end the hurt and misery of a broken heart by death. She thought it was the most ideal solution, resulting in suicide attempts that left tangible wounds on her wrists..

Her smile lit up any darkened room, but unfortunately, her smile was unable to remove the darkness and sadness inside her heart. Her soul was never able to be filled with love, happiness, and lightness ever again, for traumatic events scarred Sasha for the rest of her short journey on Earth. On June 17, 2011, she took her life, overdosing on 100 or so Tylenol pills. Can love make us go mad or does madness make us fall in love?

Modern Family TV show

Love comes in all shapes, colors, and forms. Love does not have to be passionate and erotic or between a man and a woman. The NBC TV show, Modern Family, provides examples of all kinds of love that blossoms and blooms in contemporary times. I like that. Love is love; there should not be any limits of whom and how someone loves another. Love is love.

Hold my Hand, Love

Physical pain and the feelings of stress and fear are often eliminated when one holds hands with the person they care and love. Grab a hand and feel relief.

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

In Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet, the powerful passion and desperation for each other, even with mutual hatred between families, resulted in the dramatic death of these young teenagers. The gruesome ending made those who read and watched this late 1500s piece of art wonder if young love was worth the fatal pain.

Why love without life? But why live without love? Ah, the questions without any answers.

Finding True Love 

After a long seven year “on and off relationship”, beginning my freshman year of high school, I discovered I was unlovable for him. Looking back, how could I be upset for someone falling out of ‘love’ due to distance and absence, but back then, pain and hurt was the only thing that my heart and mind acknowledged. Cheating and lies, these actions motivated my grudge, but that was not love. One could not make another love him or her-impossible in this galaxy.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others…”- 1 Corinthians 13:4-.7.

It was not until twenty-one years of breathing on this beautiful Earth that I discovered and had the honor to experience real love with someone else; the type of love that F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote to Zelda, the type of love portrayed in the 2004 Nicholas Sparks movie, The Notebook; the type of love that ended Romeo and Juliet’s life. This love, this real passionate, empowering love, brought me happiness each and every day. His happiness was my happiness. That is true love.


Elephants are quite interesting mammals in the animal kingdom. They are considered “social beasts” and show affection and love by using their trunks to hug other elephants.

-A. Gags




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