This post was inspired by Ruby by Cynthia Bond, an gripping novel about overcoming our past and embracing love in a racially charged rural 1950s Texas.  Join From Left to Write on May 8 we discuss Ruby. As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.



Love, it’s always been a finicky thing, wouldn’t you say? To speak the words “I Love You” means so many different things to so many different people.

Love, is not easy. Loving someone is even harder. You can’t just fall in love with someone, then fall out of love with someone without feelings getting hurt. And relationships are much harder work, especially when your past creates the person you become in your future. Your struggles dictate your actions, and they can be so very hard to overcome.

I was never one to be “lucky in love”. One divorce and one second marriage later I finally feel as though I’m content with where I am when it comes to the word “love”. Yet, I see so many people struggling with it. Struggling to not be alone, struggling to meet people, struggling with what the world thinks we should do when it comes to falling in love with someone. There are too many factors for something led by the heart.

The world is ever-evolving and always changing. People are judged on a daily basis about everything. The way they look, how they speak, who they love, and what they want in life. But really, it should all be very simple…

Love is all you need.



  1. says

    I’m with you – one divorce, and twenty plus years into my second marriage which is orders of magnitude better than attempt number 1, but, it’s still a struggle. I sometimes envy those I know who have remained single and are content, but I accept the challenge. I think the key is not to feel TOO reliant on one’s love – it’s the balance of self-reliance and independence with cooperating and compromising. Tricky!
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