"Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one. "
~John Lennon

Monday, February 13, 2012

Valentines Day Is For Everyone

We think we are still the young, agile couple; other people see this.

This dancing couple may be senior citizens but they are still having fun. I have about twenty years to be the age they are, but I plan on making the very most of each day along the way and be dancing and enjoying myself till I take the last breath on this earth.

This photo made me smile and helped me remember there is still romance and joy as people get older. Hopefully there will be some in my life.

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart." --Helen Keller

"I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz,
or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way

than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep."
--Love Sonnet XVII by Pablo Neruda

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!

Hugs from

Photo information: The first photo found on Google. The second photo: Hewitt Bruce and Betty Fisch take a spin on the dance floor at the Edgewater Pointe Estates retirement community in Boca Raton, Fla. The dance was part of a Valentine's Day celebration. (Wilfredo Lee/Associated Press)


Ms. A said...

I don't see myself as young, or agile, but once in a while I have vague memories of being that way.

Rock Chef said...

Age is all in the mind!

OK, sometimes me knees want to debate that, but I don't listen :-)

DJan said...

I am sure you will find love again, CiCi. Joy, you already have lots of that! And romance is highly overrated, if you ask me. I love these pictures, they put smiles on my face! :-)

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

Seeing older couples together and in love makes me smile so much! (unless the gent reminds me of my dad - that just makes me cry)

Shadowthorne @ Ramzu Zahini said...

;) Valentine's Day yay! Used to celebrate it with my various lovers, heh heh heh. But as I grow older, I found out that we don't have to wait till the 14th of February to show our love.
Romance is always around, we just need to keep it alive.

CiCi said...

Interesting how we see ourselves, usually not as others see us at all.

CiCi said...

My knees are sturdier than my back.

CiCi said...

Whether I find love again or not, I want to have joy. I agree with you that romance is overrated. Hollywood has done a number on us.

CiCi said...

You are such a sweet sentimental woman, Liz. I too enjoy seeing older couples together. I have watched an older couple at the senior center become a couple. I see signs of that happening with another couple soon too. Sigh.

CiCi said...

That is a good attitude, good for you to get it. Showing love can be in so many small things every day.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

My dad is 88 and he told me he was dancing at a party last week. I hope I can do that at 88!

Ina in Alaska said...

Great thoughts & images. One is only as old as they imagine themselves to be. Love is also respect, concern & caring for others. Romance only lasts so long.

Happy Valentine's Day!

PS Mr O is a good reader too but he does not read voraciously. When he wants to read a book he will read it from start to finish & does not put the book down at meals which does at times make me nuts.

Abby said...

Happy Valentine's Day CiCi!

otin said...

Happy Valentine's day. It's nice to see that age doesn't always stop people from feeling young.

Bossy Betty said...

Stopping by to say Happy Valentine's Day!!!! Hope you had a good one!

CiCi said...

Good for your dad. I hope I have zest for life when I am 88.

CiCi said...

I like that you point out that love is respect, concern and caring for others.

CiCi said...

Abby, thank you and I wish the same for you.

CiCi said...

I am meeting people in their nineties who drive and play cards and go out to dinner and are such great examples to me.

CiCi said...

I don't think of Valentine's Day like I did last year; however, I am enjoying each day more.

Brian Miller said...

neruda is an excellent love poet....great choice....and romance only dies when we let it regardless of age...happy valentines cici

terri said...

I am sure there will be romance and joy in your future!

The sonnet is beautiful. Thank you for sharing it.

CiCi said...

The third stanza of the sonnet is my favorite part. Glad you like it too.

CiCi said...

Another Neruda fan. Yay.

Hope you and your lovely wife had a special time together for Valentine's Day, but then, you pretty much have that every day, right? At least as much as you can both make it special.