Saturday, January 31, 2015

LOVE EVERYTHING AND KNOW LIFE by Rolynn Anderson

It’s the first week in February and I have a ‘hearty’ look to my house, celebrating Valentine’s Day.  I am reminded of Van Gogh’s line: “The way to know life is to love many things.”

I’m glad this famous man, known for his exquisite paintings, made such a comment, because if loving a lot of things means I know about life, then I definitely know life.  Those of us who love ‘widely’ are seen by some as not discerning enough-as dilettantes, shallow and superficial.  Critics complain we can’t possibly love as many things and people as we do, or at the very least, we are misusing the word “love.”  Even if we replaced “to love many things” for “be passionate about many things,” I’m sure we’d still get criticized for being over-passionate.

Every one of the things I love, I love with gusto.  For example, the ten fruit trees I love in my yard are also trees I prune, fertilize, water (just so), spray with dormant oil, and treat for pests.  Of course, I enjoy eating the fruit off my trees (and squeezing my home-grown limes in my Gin and Tonic), but my enchantment with fruit trees comes with knowing all about them.

I love white wine, and my search for favorites as my palate changes, means I have lots of bottles in my refrigerator.  Ah, the joys of sampling!  Chocolate is a favorite, so I’ve tried a hundred brands to find the milk and dark versions I like, without destroying my budget.  Ever tried Guittard milk chocolate?  You can buy those chocolate chips in the cooking aisle at your local grocery store, so the price won’t kill you.  Yum!

My husband, the moon, my family, an orange, golf, sunny days, travel, my MacBook air, our house, Oregon Juncos, our wood carvings, all aspects of our renovation, shoes, jewelry, my new car, my collection of bottle stoppers.

You get the point. My love of many things comes with knowing them well and cherishing them, lifelong.  So Van Gogh is right, I know life better by loving many, many, things. 



Sidenote: I love LIE CATCHERS, my latest novel, set in Petersburg.  Here are the Amazon and Wild Rose Press buy sites:


6 comments:

Alicia Dean said...

Oh wow, Rolynn, I LOVE this post! (Hmmmm, maybe i love too freely...) ;) Seriously, I agree. It's wonderful to feel passionate about so many things. It makes life sweeter, I believe. I am somewhat the same way. LOL. I am definitely the same way about white wines. I love white wine, but I have trouble settling on my actual favorite. I will like one for a while, then it starts to not taste as good, so I search for another. :) I'll have to try that chocolate!

Jannine Gallant said...

I get in a rut with things I love. I should probably branch out more and try new varieties. Great post!

Margo Hoornstra said...

Oh, definitely white wine! Would you believe I can take or leave chocolate? Give me a gumdrop, though, and I'm in heaven. Without love of/passion for many things, life would be so boring. Thanks for the inspiration!

Diane Burton said...

Like you, Rolynn, I love many things. Too many? I don't think so. My life is better for loving so much.

andreadowning.com said...

Well said, Rolynn--and I'll look forward to sharing a glass of white wine with you, which we both love! Of course...

Rolynn Anderson said...

THANKS to all who commented...I ran a Super Bowl party yesterday...whew! Another thing I love to do is put on parties, but man, they are a lot of work! I found some white wine lovers among you...yippee. We're an optimistic group...love that!