"…it erupts like a volcano and then it subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part.
Because that is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion…it is not lying awake at night imagining that he is kissing every cranny of your body…that is just being in love, which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.
Your mother and I had it, we had roots that grew toward each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom had fallen from our branches we found that we were one tree and not two.”
~from “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin” by Louis de Bernières