Wonder what Saint Valentine think’s of his day?
A column in today’s Globe by Renee Loth posed a question,”Does love belong in the classroom?” About half our states mandate sex education, “primarily focused on disaster preparedness, largely avoiding pregnancy or a sexually transmitted disease.” But where do young adults learn about love? Well, we might stiffen our spines, jut out our chins and utter, “in the family.”
Harvard professor, Richard Weissbourd, discovered 70% of young adults ages 18-25 ” wish they’d learned more from their parents about what it takes to have a healthy romantic relationship and 65% want it taught in school.” He went on to say “we have a huge industry focused on preparing young people for work but we offer almost nothing to prepare them for the tender, generous, disciplined work of how to love and be loved.”
Thomas Edison said, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” This can be true of missing the opportunity for real love. Our culture’s marketed doctored images of perfection on screens, and sold trinkets as symbols of love. No wonder young adults are confused about true love. It’s neither blind and certainly not, “never having to say your’re sorry.” Remember that movie, Love Story?
The article reminds us, “love education is closely linked with moral and ethical values that inform every human interaction, not just romantic.”
On this day that celebrates romantic love and raises Hallmark’s stock, I’m reminded of Proverbs 4:23″Above all else, guard your heart, for it determines the course of your life.”
Perhaps part of guarding is teaching kindness, respect, gratitude, honesty versus truthiness, for starters. After Daddy’s death, Mama spoke truth from her heart to mine, “Life’s short. Never miss a chance to sit close” “Tink” about it.
On a practical level I read, “high heels were invented by a woman who’d been kissed on the forehead.”(Christopher Morley)
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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