I have never lived alone.
Even when my marriage failed and a following relationship went belly up, I had somewhere to go, someone to care, someone to help pick up the pieces.
I have also written my view on the subject of loss and the different effects it has on people.
But what about the other side of the coin?
I believe that Love is for everyone, and that the ‘Young Love’ of my title applies to the first and early stages of this complex emotion.
No matter your age, someone may come along and turn your world upside down, or even set it on fire.
For Hubby and I, it just kind of sneaked up on us. We were both suffering from broken relationships and the last thing we wanted was someone else’s emotional baggage when we were trying to deal with our own. We became friends, had nothing to offer each other apart from ourselves (baggage and all!) and well, the rest is history.
A great-aunt was engaged to her sweetheart for almost 40 years.
For them, it was a case of parental responsibility, he caring for his elderly mother until her death, only for my great-aunt to have to care for her mother, my great-grandmother, for several years after that. They eventually wed and shared about fifteen years of married life.
I have known couples who have been married for many years and suddenly they are on their own for one reason or another.
For those widowed, several are adamant they will never marry again as they believe their lost partner can never be replaced or they feel they are being disloyal to their memory.
For those separated, it can be a case of once bitten, twice shy.
Yet some naturally need someone to look after or share their life and will readily try again.
But think on this scenario.
A person enters your life and everything changes.
For a while, you nurture this new relationship, keeping it to yourself.
You are happier, calmer, less stressed and more easy-going.
You take a bigger interest in yourself, your home and your surroundings.
Your attitude changes, you see things, and people, differently.
You realise you’re In Love.
Now add your age, say you are in later life, with a grown up family.
How will they react to the situation?
Will they understand?
Will they see you differently?
Will they see you as a person with feelings, emotions, needs?
How will they handle the New Love in your life?
Will this new person be accepted?
Can she/he accept your family and the comparisons bound to be made?
Can you all deal with the Family Politics and Conflicts that may arise?
Imagine the following relationships:
The ‘S’ word may easily come to mind.
Of course, it’s all very Sweet.