It’s a strange sensation when out of nowhere the sun seems a bit warmer, the birds chirping more enjoyable, and the radio seems to be sound-tracking your existence. Yes it would seem that I am falling quite quickly and hard for a beautiful woman again, and there certainly is nothing that can make me smile more than a new romance.
This is not to say that one that’s been around for a while is bad, I just haven’t had the luck to have a romance last into the ‘long’ period, but I’m looking forward to it. Admittedly, it’s quite premature for me to be using that “L” word, but there’s certainly something there far more than just base attraction, and in the end isn’t every friendship a type of love in itself?
I know I fall back on my heritage a lot, but this is another one of those instances where my forebears knew best. The ancient Greek language had a multitude of words for the sensation that we today would call “love” because, lets face it, there are many different kinds of love.
Take, for example, two close friends. Lets say they’ve been friends since early childhood, grew up together, know each other backwards, forwards, left and right, and after 20+ years still like nothing more than spending time with one another, talking, laughing, what have you. This would be a prime example of the Greek Love, Philia, which is the bond between two close friends. The primary reason to have this name is because there does come a point in the relationship between you and your best bud when things just transcend mere friendship, the two of you in a real sense have such affection or devotion, or familiarity, or whatever you want to call it, that you somehow became more than just friends. In a real sense, the bond between the two of you is so strong that no other word than “love” can suffice.
What about the love between a parent and child? In Greece, that is known as Storge, familial love. Or how about the almost ritualistic bond between a host and guest (after all, hospitality is an extremely important practice)? That’s known as Xenia! Of course, I know that’s not the love you’re looking for. You want to know about the classic love, that wake-up-with-the-smile-on-your-face, world-is-the-most-awesome-thing-in-the-world, can’t-get-enough-of-being-with-this-person-love, right?! That love is known as Agape, the ideal, pure love.
Love makes the world go round, and I’m sure if we put our heads together we can find some new types of love that my ancestors didn’t think to name. But beyond that, is there anything out there that can make one smile more than that unmistakable fall where you’re head over heels for someone? I don’t think so.