What’s the Most Surprising Thing About Love?

Real Simple readers share insights into love’s delights and mysteries.

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No matter what happens, you may not forget but you always forgive!
Emma Weiberlen
Bronx, New York
The surprising thing is how much you can learn about someone when discussing what it is that they love. When I first meet people, I always try to ask them about their loves―what food do you love, what do you love most about living in the city, what is one piece of music you absolutely love? It’s very revealing to hear someone speak about something or someone they love. Their face lights up, you can hear passion in their voice, and you find out what it is that really gets that person excited! It’s a great way to get to know someone and see that person in their most positive light.
Jacqueline Schmidt
New York, New York
Love has a way of returning again and again, with much less work and with just as much meaning!
Kimberly Ammons
Suffolk, Virginia
It always wins. We are all guilty of it! You swore you would never marry. Then it happens. You meet someone who finally understands your family―someone you can laugh with, cry with, and everything in between. Love takes the win! Kids? Forget about it―especially in this economy. Who can afford them? Nine months later that baby looks at you like you are the most important person in his world. That’s another point for love! You fix the neighbor’s car, tie a child’s shoe, hold the door for a stranger, return a lost puppy, forgive an old friend. Love remains undefeated.
Jennifer Baglio
Stratford, Connecticut
You find you have higher standards than you ever thought you had when you find someone to love and someone who loves you. Love makes people want to grow together and make ourselves better people for the ones we love.
Piper Hyland
Oakland, California

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