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Kidd # Posted on August 25, 2012 at 12:35 pm

@mitchapalooza, “The person you marry is the only person you really love.”

With your theory? Not necessarily. You forget arranged marriages. They’re not common anymore–especially not in the US–but I do know an old couple who’s marriage was arranged. They are from India, actually.

Now, despite your theory–you can’t love who you’ve been forced to be with–they love each other. They love their families. They love the children they’ve raised and the spouses the children were free to choose.

In my mind, you can love and care for anyone on earth. It’s a choice, still, but it’s a choice to make it work. Everyone is compatible…just some more than others. I truly believe that.

I love my family, personally. Why? Because I choose to. I choose to see the best in them and vice versa. I’m a very idealistic person, though. A bit of a romantic, really, which I’m only now starting to realize.

Also, that all being said, did you know that Eskimos have, like, thirty different words for “love”? The same word for loving your family is not the same word for loving your spouse. It’s not even the same word for loving your personal possessions. But the English language? I love my computer, I love my family, I love my best friend, I love my dog.

It’s interesting to me that I have to express all those different feelings with one word, because I definitely don’t love my computer the same way I love my best friend.