When it comes to Valentine’s Day, I like to think about it as simply a celebration of love in every form it comes rather than only romantic love. So, I just imagined two penguins happily realizing, “gee, we have so much in common!” It got me thinking about the idea of “love at first sight” normally thought to be that feeling one feels when they first meet the one who will be their significant other. In my case, I met Philippe online initially and we were already rather enamored with one another before meeting in person. When I saw him for the first time in person, I simply thought, “wow, you’re a lot taller than I expected.” Certainly, not the most romantic thought one could have, but at first sight, that’s what came to mind. But there are many other times this idea comes up. My heart is warmed by the posts I see of new moms saying things like, “I didn’t know I could feel this much love” while staring at a newborn baby. Definitely love at first sight. Throughout my life, there have been moments when something just touches my heart in a way that I can’t explain. And these are my favorite moments of all.
I remember meeting the person who would become my best friend throughout my college years. It was something she said that I can’t even remember now, but it was perfectly ridiculous and hilarious in the same moment. I felt a little thrill that made me want to get to know her better. It was instant. A feeling of love in that very first moment. And, it’s a friendship that has lasted through all of these years. When I was a kid, I was walking along the train tracks once and discovered the coolest rock on the ground. It was part quartz and part something else, and to me in that moment, it seemed perfectly magical. I can’t quite say that I was in love with a rock as that would be disturbingly weird, but I can say that I loved it at first sight. There was a feeling that I still can’t explain that made that particular rock more special than the others on the ground. I brought it back home with me and kept it for years. Each time I looked at it, I was reminded why it was so special.
Love is just as impossible to define as the feelings it evokes. And it’s a word so often used now, it doesn’t quite pack the same punch as it once did. But, I just like to think of love as a pulse of beautifully positive energy that races through us in an instant. That feeling when we’re reminded of or actually feel all over again when you share a special moment with someone you love. Or, that moment you spend doing something you love. Taking minutes out of a day to enjoy something that really matters to you. Many people have asked me what made me decide to start watercolor sketching in the first place. And short of describing the precise time that it happened, it’s difficult to explain why I started and why on earth I keep doing it every single day. But that’s when I know I’ve stumbled onto something wonderful. Something that my heart demands that I do. So, I don’t really have a perfect answer to explain my watercolor sketching habit. I can only say that once upon a time, in a swirl of quickly sketched lines and a pool of blending colors, it was love at first sight.
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