One of the simplest, yet most complicated elements in the human experience. And one of the most beautiful.
With it being Valentine’s Day tomorrow, I’ve been thinking a lot about love. What it means to give and to receive it. How varied the experience of love can be. How much my understanding of it has shifted and grown with time. How the past few years have probably taught me more about love than any other period in my life.
As I ponder these things, I can’t help but to think about my mom and her quiet way of loving. She’s not the kind of mom who displays her love with grand gestures, she’s the kind of mom who heats my coffee cup up in the morning on a cold day. Who cuts out newspaper articles and mails them to me when she comes across something she thinks I might like to read. Who never says no when I ask her for a back scratch (or when I offer her a cocktail 😉). Who knows exactly the right moment to give my hand a squeeze and tell me that she believes in me.
COVID unexpectedly gave me the gift of time with my mom, during which she’s bestowed upon me a deeper and more meaningful understanding of what it means to love. So my Valentine’s Cocktail is for her: a simple Brandy Alexander because she loves them, only I incorporated a bit of Godiva Chocolate Liqueur to give it more depth.
Kind of like my mom – seemingly simple, but incredibly deep and full of goodness!