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My Valentine: Puppy Love

February 14, 2012

Who do you love?

Main Entry: puppy love
Function: noun
Date: 1823
Definition: transitory love or affection felt by a child or adolescent

Since 1823 this phrase has been used to dismiss many attractions. I’ve used it myself. But I really wonder how the term gained its definition. If you think about it, it doesn’t make too much sense.

On the average day, as I wander around my apartment my puppy, Snicker, wanders around behind me. At the very least she watches me. She absolutely dotes on me.

She’s follows me from room to room, up and down the stairs repeatedly. When I sit on the couch, she jumps up onto the couch. When I go to the bathroom she follows me and waits outside the door until I’m done. She’s even lying on the floor next to me at this very moment with her head on my foot.

Yeah I know it’s a bit much. But, my point is, she is cheerfully, energetically, and undyingly devoted to me.
The more I think about it the more I don’t think the term puppy love should be associated with transitory, immature or silly love. If anything it should be associated with loyal, endless, cheerful love.

Now I don’t want a fella following me to the bathroom, but I think we could all use some puppy love (especially from the people we love).

I know I needed the puppy love today and I wish you all get some puppy love this Valentine’s Day.

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