This did get me thinking, what is love? How is it measured? So I composed a little list to remind myself. I'm big on lists these days.
1. The Cowboss rides a horse I can ride too on the days we ship cattle and we take the boys with us. He gets the cattle gathered, and then lets me ride his horse to bring cattle to the scale or to load trucks. He doesn't have to share his horse with me because he can just as easily stay horseback and let me weigh the cattle or load the semi on foot. He does because he knows that I enjoy being horseback and don't get to ride as often and I would like to right now with little boys, and I'm much easier to get along with if I've been on a horse recently!
Love is following someone to the ends of the earth, through hell and back, or just to the far end of the corral to help them keep the calf they have heeled until they get to the branding fire. It is building someone up so high that they think they can do anything, and knowing they will do the same for you. It is wanting someone to be happy that you will risk being unhappy yourself just to see them smile. It is giving complements and praise because making someone happy makes you happy. It really can't be measured, but it can be found in a jar of rocks, a kind word, or even on a cold, dreary day in a branding trap! You don't even have to have $17.95 to find it either.