Let Us Speak Then of Love


The Romance of East and West by Duy HuynhI’m celebrating my 12th wedding anniversary today without my wife—she’s in San Francisco right now pursuing her Master’s of Public Health in Human Sexuality. I’m missing her immensely, but I’m so proud of her pursuing this goal. I support her 100%. (Sometimes I even show it by doing my fair share of the housework!) And the separation is made a little bit easier because we had an amazing dinner last weekend, just the two of us, at Kudzu on the Green, when we got to talk about how things are and how things might be five years from now (the whole “five-year plan” kind of thing)—and because I trust she’ll be coming home on Wednesday, which will have to be soon enough.

If she were here with me, we would’ve gone together to see Over The Rhine as they passed through our drought-stricken region this weekend. As Becky wrote recently, lamenting the schedule conflict, “Karen and Linford have provided the soundtrack of our marriage!” But, alas, she’s on the opposite coast.

So I did what any loving, 21st century husband would do: I bought the new Over The Rhine CD The Trumpet Child on iTunes and loaded it onto her iPod Shuffle so she could take it with her on her trip to San Fran. (I’m listening to it right now and thinking of her—and it’s making me sad! OK time to turn it off …)

My other aural gift was this recording of Richard Kearney reading a passage about Love from Jack Caputo’s book On Religion, which I edited out of a recent Emergent Podcast and share with you here for your own edification:


I love that line: “If Love is the measure, the only measure of Love is Love without measure.”

My other gift is the book I’m reading right now. I promised Becky on her birthday in August that I would read this book. It’s now October and our anniversary, and well … [OK this part’s for my wife:] Honey, I’ve finally started reading it—and, you’re right (as always), it is good. I can’t wait for you to come home! To quote Over The Rhine:

I’ve been entertaining thoughts
Of what I wanna say to you
I’ve been entertaining thoughts
Of what I’m gonna do
I’ve been saving what I got
And wondering who to give it to
I’ve been entertaining thoughts all over you

May the next 12 be even better than the first!



Posted on 10-21-2007


  1. Fred says:

    October 21st, 2007 at 7:02 pm


  2. Scott says:

    October 23rd, 2007 at 12:30 pm

    Congratulations! Twelve years is wonderful. It only get better!

  3. Happy Valentine’s Day, Ya’ll says:

    February 14th, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    […] And finally, on a more serious note, check out the audio of Richard Kearney reading an excerpt from Jack Caputo entitled “Let Us Speak Then of Love.” […]

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