One afternoon last week my son came home from school with a message and a request: “Pa, tomorrow our topic will be about different kinds of love. Can you give me some information so I can at least have a head start?”
So I shared with him what I know. I did not expound further for I didn’t know much about this topic either. I just remember that I learned this in high school when I attended a one-week vacation youth camp organized by our church. That was about 25 years ago.
Storge is the love between people who are connected by blood. Others call it family love. Have you heard the saying, “Blood is thicker than water.”? Well, that saying puts emphasis on the Storge kind of love.
Philia is the love between friends. The famous story of David and Jonathan in the Bible is, I think, a good example of Philia love.
Eros is about romantic love. This is why Eros love is always connected with sex.
Platonic Love is considered as non-sexual love. I seldom hear this kind of love used to describe love between two people of the same-sex. Platonic Love is often used to describe strong love between a man and a woman who do not have any kind of sexual relationship.
Agape is the kind of selfless, sacrificial, and unconditional love. This is the highest kind of love, the kind of love God shows to human beings.
Unexpectedly, after quickly enumerating and differentiating these kinds of love, my son threw me a serious follow-up question, “How about puppy love?” Yes, he was serious about the question. So I knew instantly that his seriousness put me in an awkward dilemma. How would I explain the concept of puppy love?
So I threw back a quick answer. “Puppy love is for puppies; they are not for people. That’s why it’s called puppy love. 🙂
This morning as I was visiting friendly blogs, I was greeted by a post titled “Puppy Love” by spilledcookies. Suddenly I remembered my conversation with my son last week, and my quick answer to his unexpected question.
spilledcookies‘ opening sentence says, “There’s no better example of unconditional love than a dog.” She’s right. We can learn a lot about the actions of love by simply observing dogs when they express their puppy love. They are indeed loyal, sacrificing, full of hope, and truly loving. Dogs are even forgiving to their human masters.
Thanks spilledcookies for the reminder!
I remember, last March I posted this…