Of course, we are going to talk about love.
I've been single my whole life...but it still doesn't mean I haven't loved.
I think very often as authors when we think of love we automatically translate that to the romantic kind of love between a man and a woman, and while that is certainly an anchor and carry a story, I mean we have an entire genre dedicated to it...there are so many other types of love that can be explored.
Love of God
History is filled with all kinds of beautiful examples of people who chose to put God above everything in their lives, ranging from the martyrs who died to nuns and monks who lived to honor God with their lives.
Love of Country
This one is a powerful one that has driven young men to war for centuries. The women's role is traditionally different when it comes to this, I am all for hearth fires, but you know there have to be some movers and shakers out there too...and the only women we know that went to war were the ones who were discovered.
One of the most powerful forces known is the love of a parent for their child, they will go to the ends of the earth for them...and pay whatever price is necessary to keep the safe and cared for.
Brotherly love is far too discounted, it seems like most authors this day are more interested in the power of tension in a love triangle; however, true brotherly love goes beyond just family ties and is frequently found in army stories. I'd love to see it become more frequent, stories of David and Jonathan, Joshua and Caleb, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego are a few compelling examples of how brotherly love can shape history and the power it carries.
I'll say Jane Austen was a master of this. The Bennet sisters, Elenor and Marianne, Persuasion, are beautiful stories full of sisterly love...or the lack thereof. But the love of a sister carries a lot of weight. I didn't have an older sister, but I had a few mentor sisters, and they both carried a lot of weight in my life. As an older sister
Your best friend, your worst enemy, the one who know all of your inside jokes, watches everything from period drama to action movies with you. The one you talk and gossip about books and the people you know, who can finish your sentences. The one you share some of your deepest stories and roots with
This is one of the loveliest things in life. Sweet, unexpected...sometimes we grow out of them...sometimes we grow together. Friends come and go...and some just stay delightfully forever. But there are all kinds of twists and turns, and you just might never know where it's going next.
What kind of relationships do you like to see in stories?