Love is a hot topic, this week. But, if you’re anything like me, mention of Valentine’s Day tends to bring on that sweaty-palmed feeling – for all the wrong reasons.
How are you supposed to distil what someone means to you in one day, or one gift, or a few scribbled words on a card?
Any other day I could spontaneously cook a fine meal, or buy some special music or write a piece of poetry. But when I’m expected to say ‘This is how I feel?’
It’s times like these I turn to the allegorical tale for answers.
Following through on my promise last week, my Valentine’s share is a story on Love. Unconventional.
The Lion Who Wanted to Love, by Giles Andreae and David Woitowycz, is a rhyming tale about Leo – a cub expelled from his pride on account of his tendency to hug, instead of hunt, other animals.
I am a vegetarian, so of course the story appealed to me. But the true magic has nothing to do with that at all!
In the wild jungle, Leo finds himself rescuing young antelopes, injured giraffes and thirsty hippos. He wins them over with his love – and in return, they feed him.
We won’t analyse what it is they feed him – wild berries, I presume. But the power of the story is demonstrated by one simple principle.
It is in giving freely of himself, without expectation of return, that Leo wins the loyalty and support of his friends.
When Leo gets into trouble, they are there to rescue him, and his family finally see the value of his loving ways. In the end, he is crowned king of the pride!
Accompanied by colourful and endearing illustrations, the verse slips off the tongue – and if you prefer to listen than read, there is also a CD.
The book has been a big hit with my nephews for some years now. The eldest must have taken the message to heart, because one birthday he started giving away his gifts to thank his friends for coming to his party!
Luckily, he doesn’t yet know what really happens when a lion befriends an antelope in the wild…
Personally, I’m going with the make believe version – but not just because it’s warm and fuzzy.
Sometimes, Love – well, it’s bigger than we are. No matter how we try, it won’t be boxed into a neat little package with a bow on it.
And that’s okay.
I don’t know about you, but I feel better already.
How important is Valentine’s Day to you? Any tips for those of us who struggle to express ourselves?
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