This is a sculpture by Antonia Canova called “Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss.” The photo was taken by Pufacz and was placed in public domain according to Wikimedia Commons.
The story of Pysche and and Cupid is told within the pages of Vampire Princess of New York as she visits the Louvre with her newly wedded husband. If you are ever in Paris and visiting The Lourve, to walk in Noblesse’s footsteps you will want to take the Visitor’s Trail called Mighty Aphrodite. Now on to the 5 Secrets of True Love. For those that have loved deeply and well, they are not secret just joyful memories.
Love that is true is mutual. It’s not lust. Mind you, lust can be a lot of fun, but love means you care more for someone else than you do for yourself. Their safety, comfort, and happiness is all that matters to you.
Love is tested by everyday trials. If something else is more important, it’s not love. If when you’re both beaten down, you turn to each other, then it’s love. If one is beaten down and the other remains true no matter what, then it’s love. The test of setting free and seeing if the loved one comes back to you is true.
Passion takes on a new dimension when true lovers make love. You’re excited by that person but feel safe at the same time. There’s a strange internal harmony.
Lovers act differently together than with other people. When you’re together, you feel passion or joy or serenity. This doesn’t mean you always agree with each other, but you respect each other.
True lovers support each other in your dreams, hopes, desires, and future. You share in planning a future. You hold onto each other no matter what the storms of life brings.
My favorite way of thinking of true love comes from The Princess Bride by William Goldman. “Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while.”
Susan Hanniford Crowley
Note about the author: Susan has been married for 37 years and is a wife, mother, and grandmother.
Author of the Arnhem Knights of New York series:
Vampire King of New York, Book 1 and Vampire Princess of New York, Book 2