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I Think I Want Some “Puppy Love”

November 26, 2009

Main Entry: puppy love

Function: noun

Date: 1823

Definition: transitory love or affection felt by a child or adolescent

puppy love, dog with heart

I think I want to be in "puppy love" with someone who is in "puppy love" with me.

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.

Today, as I wander around my parent’s home in a Thanksgiving funk, my puppy is wandering around the house behind me. She is absolutely doting on me.

She’s following me from room to room, up and down the stairs many times. 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 laying on the floor next to me at this very moment.

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.

My funky Thanksgiving is still a little blue, but at least someone wants to lick my face.

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