If it weren’t for my debilitating fear of saying the wrong names (or worse: mispronouncing them) mid-ceremony plus a pretty sincere dislike of speaking in front of moderately-sized groups of people, I would have become a marriage officiant long ago. I love love so much that I love being in the presence of it, even when it’s not mine. I love to watch people fall in love, be in love, talk about love. Tell me about your love on the subway when I’ve never met you before and I will be like, “Start at the very beginning and tell me everything.”
I love to be around families who love — mine, others. I’ll say “I love you” to your aunt, I don’t care. If she feeds me I do love her. I love to be around my friends, who ooze love out of their pores while making fun of me. I love to listen to songs about love, watch movies about love, read about love. I know you get the picture, but I even want tell you about how, although I disliked both of my (21-year-old) Las Vegas experiences, I saw Cirque du Soleil’s Love and I loved it. Blew my mind.
That’s why I love the Man Repeller’s theme of the month this February: Love, in case you hadn’t guessed yet.
This month, we’ll cover the gamut, from the best love story you’ve ever heard to love redefined. This morning, we’re publishing a story about how some truly great loves are boring.
It’s also Black History Month. There’s a piece going up today by Celeste Little about finding her own unique sense of “black girl joy.” A shopping guide centered around black women-owned businesses and an exciting styled editorial are in the works, too.
It’s also fashion month! Get ready for the trends-even-though-trends-don’t-mean-the-same-thing-anymore.
But as always, it’s not a month’s theme opener without your suggestions about what you’d like to see. So have at it in the comments section.
And if you’d like to start weighing in now with your takes on Valentine’s Day (do you love it for the chocolate or hate it because CVS ruined it), by all means!
Photo by Louisiana Mei Gelpi; Art Direction by Emily Zirimis.