Today’s Sylvia makes me smile, because it reminds me of an in-joke between me and my husband, which I am obviously going to share with you now!
I love him to hell and back and heaven and back, and have and do and will.
You know that saying, that everyone seems to have started using ‘I love you to to the moon and back’? Yeah, that one. Well, it makes my hubby’s toes curl. He hates it. And so do I. It’s clichéd, and stupid, and irritating, and completely and utterly over-used.
So, when I saw this, from Sylvia, in her Journals, from 1956, I thought, ‘isn’t that similar, but just better?’ I don’t know why. It just seems so angry, almost, so passionate, and so absolute.
She loves him to heaven and back, and hell and back, and, well, there you go! My husband and I aren’t ones for PDA’s or social media affection displays. Obviously we love each other – we got married, and have
put up with lived with each other for 10 years!
But we don’t need to tell other people, or, indeed, each other, that we love each other to the moon and back. Which is pretty bonkers when you break it down anyway. What on earth does it actually mean?!
I found it on a packet of ‘love motto’ slogans chocolates in M&S for Valentine’s Day, and I took them out of the packet, and popped them all in a vintage Sellotape tin, because, well, ‘we stick’ – now why isn’t that a meme?!