20 Nov 2010

Definition of love

And Father said, 'Christopher, do you understand that I love you?'
        And I said, 'Yes,' because loving someone is helping them when they get into trouble, and looking after them, and telling them the truth, and Father looks after me when I get into trouble, like coming to the police station, and he looks after me by cooking meals for me, and he always tells me the truth, which means that he loves me.
        And then he held up his right hand and spread his fingers out in a fan, and I held up my left hand and spread my fingers out in a fan and we made our fingers and thumbs touch each other. 
(The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, by Mark Haddon)

This is one of the best definitions of love anyone can understand. It is very simple to love and it happens when you're not looking. Diving into the mind of a boy with Asperger's Syndrome makes me feel calmer. Reminding me everyone sees the world in their own way, loves and responds by their own perception and rules. And let me add a quote by Mrs. Roosevelt, who said 'No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.'

Ann Kenny and Kirby Kenny by Beau Grealy for Twin #3