Saturday, February 26, 2022

February 26--Freedom to Love

Love is like quicksilver in the hand. Leave the fingers open and it stays. Clutch it, and it darts away.  --Dorothy Parker

    Quicksilver is the common name for the chemical element mercury, a name given to it I expect because it is the only metallic element that is liquid. There are also many other things named quicksilver like a band and a clothing brand--it is quite popular.
    Ms. Parker invites us to unite love and freedom. Efforts to grasp, control and keep a loved one are futile, frustrating both parties and encouraging escape. If we can't live and let live, allowing others to be who they are and pursue the desires of their hearts, it's not love, and why would they want to stay? 
    Barney, our sweet dog, is a perfect example. He's so adorable, I just want to hug and squeeze and snuggle him. He tolerates that only for a couple seconds. But if I sit quietly on the couch reading or crocheting, he'll come and lie by my side for hours. True love!
I remember playing with this as a kid.

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