Love is in the air, and everyone loves a love story. In the movie industry, that quirky moment when the two main love interests are introduced to one another is called a “meet cute.” They might be rather predictable in film, but real life often has more intrigue and romance. After all, when you meet a new couple, don’t you often ask, “How did you meet?” I find the same question one that helps us share the love stories of our loved ones who have passed away.

Valentine’s Day provides a wonderful excuse to honor every type of love, and not just the romantic kind. What made the relationship with your loved one – parent, aunt, uncle, sibling, friend, child, or spouse – so special?  As February 14 approaches, gather a few photos, handwritten notes, or cards and post them online. Share with others why this person meant so much to you.

My paternal grandparents were deeply in love for decades. My grandmother never remarried after my grandfather died. I once asked her about that choice and she said, “Why? What would be the point when I already had the best?”

I hope someday my children will share with their children our particular love story.  Mark and I met as teenagers, as counselors at a summer sleepaway camp, and we were immediately smitten. The rest, as they say, is history.