I love you like an iceberg loves a ship



My husband and I have been binge-watching the last season of A Series of Unfortunate Events. Soooooo good. And in one of the episodes there is a quote that I seriously love:

“I will love you if I never see you again, and I will love you if I see you every Tuesday.
I will love you as the iceberg loves the ship, and as the passengers love the lifeboat, and as the battlefield loves young men, and as peppermints love your allergies.
I will love you as we grow older, which just happened and happened again, and will continue to happen.
I will love you until every fire has been extinguished and every home rebuilt, and every code and heart has been broken.”

Wow, what a love that is.  It’s a love that’s explosive and life-changing.

A few months ago a kitten joined our family and I feel that more than anyone in our family he understands this kind of love. Yes, I know he doesn’t REALLY understand love but he receives the most of this kind of love.

Mordu, the kitten, is a very sweet kitten who may have drawn the short stick in the lottery of families. He’s a great kitten with a sweet personality and for that I feel infinitely sorry for the abuse he endures at the hands of his two year old owner. He endures all types of imaginary play without fighting back. He knows exactly what it’s like to be loved by an iceberg.

I have to say, I also know what it feels like to be loved like a peppermint loves allergies. All of those times that my children insist on jumping on me causing me to lose my breathe or the times when my entire family NEEDS to be in my space every waking moment (husband included) because they love me. Yes, I do know what it’s like to be loved in an explosive and strong way. And I can only pray that that love continues to stir up my world and change me in ways I could never have done myself.

Love is funny isn’t it. It’s always changing. At times it’s more explosive, more life-saving, more sacrificial, more temperamental, more evolving: everything that quote mentions. I’ve noticed that in my own marriage for sure! Marriage from one day to the next is never the same. It’s always changing and it’s our job to keep up.

I have no real words of wisdom for this post other than to keep loving even through the changes. Sometimes it’s hard. It’s hard to love our husbands when it feels like constant butting of heads like a ship and an iceberg. Sometimes it’s hard to love our friends when those little annoyances creep in like peppermint to allergies. And it’s sometimes hard to love other people when it feels like a battleground.

I know how that feels but the key is always to keep loving because the other side always comes. No circumstance is always forever.

Boy with kitten

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