There’s No Vocabulary for Love Within a Family

Love — something you do — is not inextricably linked with the word "love," maybe especially within close families.

T.S. Eliot once wrote:

There's no vocabulary
For love within a family, love that's lived in
But not looked at, love within the light of which
All else is seen, the love within which
All other love finds speech.
This love is silent.

To which John Updike wrote:

Adults know more than they are told. They know when they are loved, and did even in eras when "love" was not the obligatory catchword it has become…We must trust our parents, our children, to hear us even in silence, in an age that fears silence.
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