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I definitely love people differently. With my partner, I can't even put into words how deep our love is. It is mental, emotional, physical--every type of love you can imagine. I feel a nurturing kind of love towards my kids and a love for everything about who they are, the good and the bad. I cherish them. My love for friends is more compassion than anything else I think. I care about them and want to be there for them.
I do believe in unconditional love. I know that Caly and my parents love me unconditionally. After all I have been through, I learned that no matter what my parents will always love me. I love them all plus my kids unconditionally.
I don't really believe in love at first sight. Maybe lust at first sight, but not love.
I think the only beings that love unconditionally are animals.
I love my brothers, too, and I know that they love me. There's a 4 and 8 year gap between us, we have different friends, we live in different worlds and work in different industries. If we weren't related, we wouldn't know each other let alone be friends. Yet, we are there for each other in times of need.
Ting, I tend to believe in lust at first sight... and then I look at my parents who were married within a month of meeting and who were happily married for over 46 years.
You are very blessed to have so many people loving you unconditionally!
We're lucky to have parents who love us unconditionally, but also lucky to be able to love our children (or the children in my life) unconditionally, too.
I think most people try to unconditionally love the best that they can. I know my parents love me unconditionally... but that doesn't mean that there haven't been arguments, discussions, difficult times between us or for one of us, etc. I guess that in spite of our differences, in spite of the things we have done or said to each other, we still love each other and we still have a strong bond (or an even stronger one since we managed to work through the crisis). I don't know if other relationships could have withstood these kinds of pressure?
I am always inspired by those who are so "right" for each other from the very start, like your parents. It's wonderful that they had such a long marriage.