Friends and lovers will exchange many “I love you” thoughts, words, and deeds on Valentine’s Day. They should. It is a day to express affection for a loved one in a special way. Some will be new love; for others it is an opportunity to contemplate love that has grown and added layers of understanding and affection. It is all good.
The American author, Mark Twain, used a biblical reference from the Book of Genesis to build and express within context one of the great “I love you” statements of all time. He imagined the entries that Adam and Eve might have made if they kept diaries in the Garden of Eden.
The early entries are stereotypical of male and female genders. They react to each other’s actions, personalities and decisions. Communication between them evolves. From the Diaries:
He took no interest in my name. I tried to hide my disappointment, but I suppose I did not succeed.
He talks very little. Perhaps it is because he is not bright and is sensitive about it and wishes to conceal it. It is such a pity that he should feel so, for brightness is nothing; it is in the heart that the values lie. I wish I could make him understand that a loving good heart is riches enough, and that without it intellect is poverty.
I wish it would not talk. It is always talking. And this new sound is so close to me. It is right at my shoulder, right at my ear, first on one side and then on the other.
As time passes, mutual respect grows and understanding flourishes. Even after the trauma of the banishment from the Garden of Eden, the diaries show how their love has grown.
When I look back, the Garden is a dream to me. It was surpassingly beautiful, and now it is lost, and I shall not see it anymore.
The Garden is lost, but I have found him, and am content. He loves me as well as he can; I love him with all the strength of my passionate nature, as is appropriate to my gender.
After all these years, I see that I was mistaken about Eve in the beginning; it is better to live outside the Garden with her than inside it without her. At first I thought she talked too much; but now I should be sorry to have that voice fall silent and pass out of my life. Blessed be the apple that brought us near together and taught me to know the goodness of her heart and the sweetness of her spirit!
In the “Diaries of Adam and Eve,” Eve precedes Adam in death. The final entry into Adam’s diary is a simple and extraordinary expression of love.
Now that she is gone, I know one thing; wheresoever she was, there was paradise.
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