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  • I was driving home thinking of love today. And what it means to me – to all of us. It’s this one universal thing that connects human kind – to love and be loved.

    As we grow and age, it shape shifts. Love at 10 is wholly different than love at 30. And at 60 and so on.

    At 10, my entire view of love was my mom; and not because she was a great parent, but because that was my only experience. Kids are taught to love their mom. I clung to those fleeting moments when she would reach out – with a hug or an “I love you.” It just wasn’t her way. Love and affection was something I wasn't exposed to often.

    Then, at 20, I became a parent. And love took on new meaning. In the terrifying and beautiful moment that I was presented with my newborn son, I realized that until then I had no idea what love was. That moment will live with me forever – overwhelming, consuming love. It was like nothing else existed. I could hardly breathe.

    That feeling took me by surprise. I understand now that the experiences that shape what love is are like missing puzzle pieces for me. 13 years ago, my son helped me fill it in. And he still does. He is the single greatest source of my missing puzzle pieces. They’re inside a handmade card, a hug. And many times, through the challenges we overcome together.

    It was my puzzle that was on my mind today. And how lucky I feel that life has let me find some of those missing pieces. I can’t help but wonder what’s next.
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