The most obvious introductory words for this newsletter, which is due to come out a day before St.Valentine’s Day, are about love. Here’s the catch.
In the Ukrainian language, there are two words for love. One is kokhánnia (кохáння). That’s the Romeo-and-Juliet kind of love, the kind all the songs are about, the kind February 14th is largely about. Passionate, uneasy, steady, or evolving – the ever-changing landscape of the human heart.
But another word is way broader – liubov (любóв). It’s both a popular woman’s name and a word for a universal love of anything. “I’m loving it! (a slice of pizza, a popular tune, a favorite activity).” Liubov fits to describe both patriotic devotion and a love for chocolate. Parental love and the love we feel for our pets. The love for people you don’t know but care about. Liubov describes universal love; God is luibov.
May your heart be filled both with liubov and kohannia. May both words apply to describe what you feel for yourself, your family, and Ukraine.
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