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to my valentine, 2018


"to my valentine, 2018" 
mixed media collage (vintage papers, acrylic paint, glue, marker, on bookboard)
february, 2018
gregory a. milinovich

valentine's day was kind of tricky this year, since i spent the entire day at the church.  it was ash wednesday, so it was tough for me to make it a day of celebration with my valentine, given that i spent most of the day touching other people's foreheads, reminding them that they will all die.  super romantic.

still, i continued a yearly tradition of making a collage as an expression of my love for my bride.  this was the 11th consecutive year for this, and since it was ash wednesday this year, i was thinking quite a bit about brokenness.  and it is true that over 18 and a half years of marriage, we've both had to deal with our share of brokenness: words we shouldn't have said, poor decisions, pride, and more.  to quote someone more terse than i: love hurts. 

but to quote someone more loquacious: love is also patient and kind and forgiving and love never fails.  on a day of acknowledging my mortality, it was good to remember that love never fails.  that love is stronger than death.  that this love i share, with my valentine, is broken and redeemed, grounded and growing, scarred and strong. 

so i know it is a week late, but to my valentine, know this: i love you.  and i know that love never fails.  thanks for putting up with my failures.  can't wait to see what happens next....

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