I think children should hear it more. Telling someone you love them has a way of making you feel exposed. I wish more folks were brave enough to feel that.

“We use the word, love, too much,” the obnoxious man seated next to me is saying. “The word’s almost meaningless today. Nobody uses it right.”

Nice. Four hours on an airplane, and here I am, seated next to a philosopher who smells like Wild Turkey.

“Are you an English teacher, or something?” I’m asking.

“No,” he points out, with slurred speech. “I’m juss a concerned citizen.” He laughs, hiccups. “AND a literature professor.”


The man goes on, “In America, we say we LOVE tacos, or we LOVE donuts… It’s just too strong.”

Well, it bears mentioning: if loving donuts is wrong, I’m fully prepared to be incorrect.

Anyway, I disagree with the esteemed professor. Not only because when he walks to the bathroom, he staggers like a sedated rhinoceros. It’s because I like saying, “love.”

It’s my favorite word.

For example: I LOVE handmade biscuits. And I LOVE a good night’s sleep. I love music that doesn’t involve teenagers in tight pants, and dogs who beg using only their eyes. I LOVE antiques, Corningware, old wood, and ceiling-fans.

Or, how about the way the morning sun peeks over the trees? Before the rest of the world is awake? I love that.

Also: number-one pencils, turtles in my front yard, and cute babies. Actually, I’m lying.

I love all babies.

I’m just warming up. I love Donna, Cheri, Earline,Sarah, Sarah Jane, Leslie, Ruth, Melissa, Lanier, and the Pope. And if there were a stronger word than, love, I’d use it on Jamie.

God. I love my wife’s banana pudding. I wish I had some right now. There is simply no other word that befits the way I feel about that stuff.

Dammit, professor. I know you’re smarter than I am, but if you ask me, I don’t think we say the word enough.

I think children should hear it more. Telling someone you love them has a way of making you feel exposed. I wish more folks were brave enough to feel that.

I once knew a man who claimed he never heard the word, love, in his childhood. Later, that man swore to his own son that he’d use this word often. He did. In fact, he overused it.

I miss that man sometimes. Because as it happens, I loved him.

So, maybe it’s not exactly the word of the year, at least not according to literature professors. But, I like—no, I LOVE, love. With all my cotton-picking heart, I do.

And, I don’t care who you are.

I love you, too.


  1. Kim Pearson - July 7, 2016 12:06 pm

    Love you back.

  2. Jane - July 8, 2016 1:50 am

    I LOVE this and I LOVE Lanier, too. She is easy to love. And I am so looking forward to going on a “girls’ trip” with her in August. I’m not really a “girl” anymore, just young at heart. I’m so appreciative that Lanier’s daddy, Tank, introduced me to your writing. I look forward to it everyday! Keep on loving’! Jane

  3. Marisa Franca @ All Our Way - July 8, 2016 5:30 pm

    Oh dear! When I first started to read this I though you were going to berate me for using the word “love”. I’m so glad you didn’t! Because I love to write, and I love to read – books are my friends, and I’m passionate about all things Italian, and I’m crazy in love with my hubby and family. 🙂

  4. Anne Goodrich - July 11, 2016 2:34 am

    Hey Sean, my daughter just told me about your books and blog. This was the first post of yours I’ve read, and I read it first because – well, love. How could I pass that up? I remember once trying to curtail the use of the word for such things as clam dip and fireflies, but after reading your post, I’m going to embrace it. Oh, and I loved your post too. Thank you.

  5. Jan Chapman - July 25, 2016 7:27 pm

    Amber Lanier Nagle, I don’t know her personally but I love her for introducing me to your writing.
    I love it. I just love it.

  6. Marcia - August 12, 2016 4:19 pm

    LOVE this! Because in the end that’s what it’s all about….love! Nothing else matters.


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