To: My Valentine ♥

Valentine 2015Happy Valentine’s Day, dearest readers!

There’s not much to say about this commercialized mush-fest that  hasn’t already been said, so I’ll leave you all with the top 3 quotes about love that I — in all my 22 years of infinite wisdom and experience — have determined to be The Best. When I say The Best, I mean that these sayings truly encompass what love really is: less a mushy sentiment, and more a course of action. And so, without further ado:

1. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  — 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
2. Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope. — Maya Angelou
3. Love is a verb; it’s an action, not a feeling. — My mom

Finally, to round out this deep and introspective time of instruction, I will leave you with perhaps the greatest collection of thoughts on love that has ever existed: “The Elephant Love Song Medley” from Moulin Rouge (arguably one of the most incredible films ever made).

Enjoy, mon amies.

Aside from having a last name that is difficult for telemarketers to correctly pronounce, Jordan Gripenwaldt is a degree-wielding Anthropology major and aspiring novelist who has swapped research paper deadlines for article deadlines. In addition to having a deep and abiding love for musical theatre, 80′s power ballads, social justice, television, and grandpa sweaters, she is also the proud and very excited Executive Editor of Germ Magazine and can be reached at


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