I roll my eyes back and look upward in amazement when I hear someone say that “Love makes the world go around”.
I was never the romantic type but I think I stand on solid ground when I tell lovestruck couples that the world began spinning several billion years ago when clouds of hydrogen gas collapsed to form a spinning sphere aided by the sun’s gravitational forces and perhaps a push from a “local” supernova.
But I do understand that love is a very powerful force that has changed the course of history from the days of Cleopatra and Mark Antony, to King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, and even perhaps Beyonce and Jay-Z. Love is not just for people as it extends to pets, the love of country, and even inanimate objects like cars and HVAC systems. When I first met “Millie”, my pet name for my HVAC system, she was just a bunch of metal parts and sheet metal that became this wonderful implement of comfort that surrounded me with warmth on a cold winter day and that cool breeze pampering me on a hot summer evening. I keep her well maintained with a service contract from a qualified HVAC company that lovingly cleans and maintains her twice each year. She never complains even if I stay out until 3:00 a.m. arriving home smelling of alcohol, cheap perfume, cigarettes, and a lipstick smudge on my shirt collar. When I come home like that, I will even serenade her. Millie’s favorite song is “Hot N Cold” by Katy Perry with the lyrics “Cause you’re hot then you’re cold…” which describes Millie perfectly.