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Editorial: Valentine’s Day

Few words in the English language inspire such a myriad of emotions as Valentine’s Day.

The holiday traditionally associated with “love” has some in a romantic mood, and some dercrying the commercialism of the same.

It has new lovers bursting with the opportunity to get corny with gestures, and those who might be hurt or bitter wishing the red hearts and cupids would just go away.

But why must the love that is celebrated be only romantic?

It’s also a fun holiday for children who enjoy getting and receiving little notes of affection from their classmates, for parents and children to exchange sweets and handmade Valentines, and for friends to remind each other how much they are valued.

Love is something to be celebrated, no matter who is giving it or receiving it.

This week’s paper celebrates love in Darien.

Out of the likely dozens of couples who met at Darien High School, we feature six from a variety of decades.

Some were love at first sight, some left Darien and came back to raise their children, and some never left.

One couple has known each other since they were neighbors and she met her future husband at four years old.

Another said she laughed from the first time they met, and hasn’t stopped laughing since.

In a small community like Darien, where so many have known each other forever, love is everywhere — with neighbors, friends, siblings, husbands and wives, families.

Love is something that we may struggle to define, and can be found in the most surprising places.

Sometimes the strength of love shines brightest not in our moments of happiness, but those moments in which we ease each others’ suffering times of need.

Despite the weddings, engagements, and Darien High School love stories in the pages of this week’s paper — one of the most touching and true love stories is where you might not expect it.

In the obituary section.

The story of Gene Coyle, and his wife Joan, who passed away earlier this month, after 56 years of marriage, is an example of life, love and dedication to which we should aspire.

Through lives of tremendous professional and personal success, of tremendous highs and some difficult lows, this couple never, for a moment, lost their love and dedication to one another.

It is something that touched everyone that couple has known throughout their lives, and most recently, through this loss, it has become even more evident.

To define love, a love that transcends category or genre, one merely has to look at the life built together by Gene and Joan Coyle.

It’s a reminder that love deserves to be celebrated — today, and every day.

 

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