I Know Love … is a Fresh Start

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Editor’s note: This week on the Tiki Tiki, in honor of Valentine’s Day, five writers finish this sentence “I know love…” Check in for their beautiful, inspiring essays.

maria de los angelesBy Maria de los Angeles

When Carrie from Tiki Tiki Blog asked me to contribute to this series, I thought it would be easy. “Just start your sentence with ‘I know love . . .’ and let it take you where it goes,” she wrote. Simple enough, right?

And I tried. I tried to write about romantic love for several days. It’s for Valentine’s Day after all, right? A whole week went by. Even the deadline passed. I knew I had hit a wall.

So, here’s how I feel about those three little words ‘I know love …’

They’re scary. Scary as the blank page required to complete the sentence. Like the blank page, love appears to be a vast, empty terrain. The void. The unknown.

But those three little words are also beautiful. They’re beautiful because it means I’ve had to erase everything from past heartbreak to start fresh and clear in a vast, uncluttered terrain full of possibility.

So, I’ll tell you what then. I’m not going to finish that sentence because I can’t. I’m going to leave that sentence open, just like my heart.

Maria de los Angeles is a Miami-based freelance wordsmith. She writes for Miami New Times, Miami Beach 411, her own blog Sex and the Beach and a variety of other outlets.  Learn more at Wily Wordsmith. Her last essay for the Tiki Tiki was Tamal y Consuela.

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By Contributor on February 17, 2011 · Posted in headline, the habla habla

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TikiTikiBlog says:

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Posted on February 17th, 2011

Aparna says:

I know love will find you some day.

Posted on February 17th, 2011

Stacey @ Tree, Root, and Twig says:

I know many other courageous women – like you! – who feel just the same. Thanks for sharing.
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Blanca Stella says:

I love it. An open heart is vulnerable yet full of possibilities.xoxo
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Tracy says:

{Applause!} Wow – SUPER powerful.

Posted on February 17th, 2011

Nanette ~ AMomBlog says:

I love how you left this post and those without an ending for now. So beautiful, so honest.
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Posted on February 17th, 2011

Nanette ~ AMomBlog says:

Let me correct that as I left a word out so it makes no sense.
Here’s what I meant to say lol:

I love how you left this post and those three word without an ending for now. So beautiful, so honest.
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Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting says:

Love is.. THIS POST! <3
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Amanda says:

Wow.

Maria, you ate it too!
That’s a great pic of you, BTW. =)
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Posted on February 17th, 2011

Maria de los Angeles says:

Thank you everyone … how did I miss this, Carrie? Here it is 5:24 PM and I am just doing my Tiki Tiki check-in. <3 to all!
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Gena Morris says:

Those 3 little words are something that not everyone can say! What a great story!
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Tere says:

Like the honesty!
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Carrie says:

And you guys know I cried when I read this…So beautiful! Gracias, Maria!

Posted on February 18th, 2011