*This post was composed by my man The Mario Washington (It’s like A Tribe Called Quest, you’ve got to say the whole thing.)

L-O-V-E, L-O-V-E, L-O-V-E….the word is used so loosely these days that we have forgotten the true meaning of it. It’s that indescribable feeling you have when someone asks if you’re in love. Love is a myriad of things. It’s that churning in your stomach when you smell that certain fragrance that reminds you of what you have or what you had. Love is that song that you hear on the radio that somehow puts you back into the mindset that you felt the first time you fell in love. It’s everything that reminds you of the things that no matter what’s going on can make your heart flutter for that split second, or that thing that causes your bottom lip to quiver at the thought, or the nervous reaction that causes your fingers to shiver even on a warm summer night.

How many of you can say that you ever felt this? How many can say that something has tugged on their emotions so much that a tear wasn’t able to be formed? How many of us tell each other that we love each other?

The more we say it….the less it means. The word is used so effortlessly in 2007. People say it all the time, but without the above emotions, is it really love? People say they love to read, write, or sing, but if these emotions aren’t garnered, then it can’t be love.

And now when people hear the words “I love you,” its meaningless because people say it so much to describe how much they “like” something. People that hear those words should be able to know without a shadow of a doubt that the person saying those words truly means it.

When I say that I love radio, it means that I can’t live without it. It means that every time I listen to the radio, it’s not fun because I’m always listening critically instead of enjoying a program leisurley. It means that I don’t know how to do anything else and that I don’t want to do anything else with my life.

And when I use the word love as a term of endearment to others, I mean it the same way. That being said, there’s not a great amount of people that have heard the words, “I love you” come from my mouth. Those that have heard it should cherish it because they know they are in select company. That’s the way we should all feel when we hear those words. It shouldn’t just be words….it should be something of substance….something that has depth…..something that has a true meaning and not the empty words they have indubitably become in the english lexicon.


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