Day 12: Love in Stages (select-a-set)

Oh it was so pretty the day after Thanksgiving...looking out toward Monterrey Bay from the was so clear you could almost see the other side

Looking out toward Monterrey Bay from the Santa Cruz wharf…it was so clear you could almost see the other side; rea love, like the ocean, is open and endless!

I’m sure you all know that in two days…it will be Valentine’s Day. Yes, the love day. For some it’s a brutral reminder of loves lost or some type of heartache; for others it’s a wonderful excuse to dote on his or her significant other. There are those who are anti-Valentine’s Day because they call it the Hallmark Holiday, which in a lot of ways is true. I can’t lie. But, what is so wrong with setting a day aside for love? What is so wrong with helping those of us who may not be so good at doing romantic things and having something to trigger some ideas. I agree that showing love should happen every day and not just one day a year but again, it’s not such a bad idea to “force” the world so to speak to take a moment for love…whatever type that would be. Imagine for a moment what would happen if we really did that…really took an entire day to love instead of hate, be angry, worry, be sad. Sounds wonderful don’t you think?

Anyway, I digress. So, I was thinking about in my mind how the ideal love would progress. It then hit me like a ton of bricks…a new select-a-set! So here it is…my thoughts on how a real love would start and well just keep going.

First – Lady Antebellum’s “Just A Kiss.” What I love about this song is the fact that two people get so swept away in the emotions of liking one another, even falling in love, that it’s hard not to rush the situation. The trick is knowing that a real love, is worth taking the time, develop it, really know one another. If it’s real, it’ll still be there in the morning.

Second – Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson, “Don’t You Wanna Stay.” Okay so this is pretty close to Lady Antebellum’s song but I see this as the next step. They still don’t want to rush things but it’s time to stay the night at least. You know each other enough to know that staying over, is simply the next step. It’s just another great tune.

Third – Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, “Remind Me.” So this song is so fabulous because it reminds all of us that we need…well reminded. Long lasting love can well get a bit stale. We get so used to one another and each other’s habits that we can take each other for granted. Take a moment, a day, Valentine’s Day, to remind the other of all those reckless nights, those kisses and those first overnights and how wonderful that was and still is…it’s worth it. Again, it’s just a great tune.


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