love, of course

Week #7
of our 2011 Project 52*
(*give or take a week here and there for vacations)

For 2011, our photography projects will be based on a monthly theme.  This month's theme is immeasurable.

Another immeasurable?  Love, of course.

As difficult as it were to define love, I found it more difficult to express it in pictures.  With so many facets to it, I didn't know where to start.  Since I've already spoken many times about unconditional love, let me explore the romantic side of it.

This past weekend, the Hunk and I joined my brother-in-law Iz, his lovely wife Viv, cousin Chris, and his wife Aissa, for a "NOT a Valentine's" dinner in the beautiful city of San Francisco.

Over a nice bottle of white wine, foie gras, a superb cheese plate, and french cuisine, we talked about couples who just recently got together and the difficulty of assimilating into a group of people who have known each other for a while.

The conversation eventually touched on how each of us got together, and how my brother -in-law got around to asking Viv out on a date.  We joked around the strategies each of the men used - from "hard-to-get" to the realist "cards-on-the-table" approach.  Obviously, each approach was successful since we are all  happily married to our spouses.

Our conversation touched on the mundane, but by the end of the night, I remembered my own love story. Valentine's has been commercialized a lot in recent years, and while I appreciate receiving a token here and there, I would rather have actual reiteration of the promise, more than the item itself which is used to reiterate the promise.

It's nice to get out once in a while.  To take time off from our chaotic life to connect with others, and with each other.  I also saw the dinner as a way to celebrate our life together and getting through all the tribulations that have come our way.

Of course, the perfect backdrop for this is San Francisco.  There's nothing more romantic (IMHO) than walking along the pier with your one true love.   Ok, maybe a little something from Tiffany will take it up a notch.



Country Girl said...

What a lovely post. The food, the friends, the love. And, of course, that beautiful backdrop of SF. Gorgeous photos, btw.

A New England Life said...

Fabulous evening, fabulous images! Just amazing.

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