Love is used in so many different ways: I love my family, love my pets, love my job, love chocolate, love shopping, love my God, and love my friends.
Most people think friendship is the best. You have to be friends to love or to fall in love (two different things). My love began when I came out of the womb into the loving arms of my mother, this had not developed into a friendship with my mom, but came later throughout my childhood. Everyone can fall in love or love, but friendship has to come first. Without friendship and love it would be hard to exist. I fell in love with my late husband the minute I laid eyes on him. Was that love, friendship, or lust? He was a handsome man!!!! I developed a friendship with him and ended loving and being in love. Next I experienced the love of being a mom myself with my first born son, then the second son. Along the way I had friendships with many people, in the workplace, neighborhood, schools, etc. I grew to love many of them but did not fall in love with them.
Now I understand the differences in friendships, love, and being in love. Love is a bond between two people, friendship is just a form of love or respect for the other person, and being in love and married should be a bond between friendships that last forever. You can't have one without the other.
So, my friend at the museum really was trying to convey to me that he felt a love and respect for me and it had grown into a friendship. I can appreciate the difference and return my friendship to him.
I have many loves and friendships in my life now, but the one person I was in love with, is gone from my life forever. Who knows if I will ever be in love again, but at least the friendships are there and I rely on them each and everyday.
I hope all my loves and friendships read this blog and know I need them.
FRIENDSHIP vs LOVE
FRIENDSHIP is a quiet walk in the park with the one you trust,
LOVE is when you feel like you are the only two around.
FRIENDSHIP is when they gaze into your eyes and you know they care.
LOVE is when they gaze into your eyes and it warms your heart.
FRIENDSHIP is being close even when you are far apart.
LOVE is when you can still feel their hand on your heart when they are not near.
FRIENDSHIP is hoping that they experience the very best.
LOVE is when you bring them the very best.
FRIENDSHIP occupies your mind.
LOVE occupies your soul.
FRIENDSHIP is knowing that you will always try to be there when in need.
LOVE is when you will give up everything to be at their side.
FRIENDSHIP is a warm smile in the winter.
LOVE is a warming touch that sends a pulse through your heart.
LOVE is a beautiful smile to which nothing compares:
A tender laugh, which opens your heart.
A single touch that melts away your fears,
A smell that reminds you of the tenderness of heaven,
A voice that reminds you of the innocence of youth.
FRIENDSHIP can survive without love.
LOVE cannot live without friendship.