All Kinds of Loving
Love. It's all we need, isn't it? And books, obviously. Books that celebrate all kinds of love and help us through heartache. Books that bring us together and tell us we're not alone. We have plenty of those to share with you here in Heart Notes, the latest issue from BooksfromScotland. Whether you're in the mood for romance, family, community, and all those things that make our heart beat a little faster, I hope you find something here to enjoy.
‘Sequins’, by Christina Neuwirth is taken from We Were Always Here Edited by Ryan Vance & Michael Lee Richardson Published by 404 Ink
The first time Robyn invited me round I must have been about twelve or thirteen. I distinctly remember it because she normally asked a group of us to come over, but this particular time she only asked me. She said, ‘What are you doing after swimming on Thursday?’
‘My Mum is picking me up.’
‘You could come home with me and we could pick out summer camps in the brochure my dad got.’
‘Okay,’ I said. I didn’t want to ask further questions because I was worried it might scare Robyn off.
That night it was hard to get to sleep after dinner. I couldn’t stop thinking about the next day.
After school, Robyn and I walked to swimming together. Heather was there too, and Robyn was talking to her. She hadn’t really looked at me all day, not since I’d told her that I was allowed to come over — she’d said ‘Fun!’ and then proceeded to ignore me. I was used to it, but it still tied my stomach into knots.
Heather and Robyn giggled and splashed around the shallow end of the pool while the rest of us did our warm-up laps. Miss Feever told them off, but then concentrated more on timing the rest of us on our butterfly laps.
Robyn didn’t even look at me.
I had br...
Extract taken from If You Forget Everything Else, Remember This: Tips and Reminders for a Happy Marriage By Katharine Hill Published by Muddy Pearl
Five Ways to Say, ‘I Love You’
In his book The 5 Love Languages, psychologist Gary Chapman writes about his theory that just as we have a native or first language, we also have a primary ‘love’ language – the way we most naturally communicate and understand love. When we learnt about this, my husband Richard and I discovered that, like many couples, our love lang...
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