I was. But I bet I’m not alone.
Actually, according to some sources (the Internet is my go-to destination) the practice was fueled by the Italian movie, I Want You, based on the 2006 book of the same name by Federico Moccia. Apparently two teen lovers attach a padlock engraved with their names to a lamppost on the Ponte Milvio in northern Rome, then throw the key into the River Tiber.
Isn’t love grand!
It was like unexpectedly interrupting two lovers on a park bench, coming across all those locks of love. I smiled knowingly, recalling the sweet magic that comes with falling in love.
I fell behind my tour group as they continued en masse across the bridge, unable to tear myself away from this very public display of affection. I’m not sure why, but I began randomly reading the inscriptions, snapping pictures, validating the lovers’ declarations.
It wasn’t long before I spotted this one with the pink ribbon and Jimmy’s surname – my name, too, for the last 15 years.
I ran to catch up with my group, to find my husband and lover, the magic of the moment suddenly lost in the details. That happens quite frequently in the day to day minutiae of living and loving.
But as the saying goes, “God is in the details.” So, too, is love that lasts a lifetime.
We mustn’t overlook either.