Ode to the One I Love

Ode to the One I love

This Valentines Day I have to acknowledge the love of my life, Danny.  This piece today touches upon why he is the love of my life.  This love story was not planned, nor was it ever imagined to be so long.  Right from the beginning we each knew where we stood with each other.  There was honesty and trust right from the get go.  Our story started in our youth, has grown immensely, and continues to grow.  We have always grown as individuals, which has made our couple connection even stronger.  We have never placed each other in a mold.  We have always understood we are each who we are.  It was not always easy, but it was always worth it.  I hope you find your love this holiday or if you have your love, tell them how much you appreciate them and love them.  If you have not found your soul mate, never give up, because there is someone special for each of us.  Everyone doesn’t love early in life—-But everyone loves sometime.  Blessings on your journey to find the right relationship this Valentines Day!  May love come to you at right time!

Ode to the One I Love

As I admire him from afar,

His hair is silver and white now.

But I see the young man with chestnut hair.

The dimple is still there from forty years ago.


The once runner and ball player,

Now he consciously tries to stay in shape.

What I only see is the strong man,

I knew years ago.


He has held me to cry.

And he has laughed with me about the silly, little things.

His prayers are made to God daily for me and our family

He does not always appear religious, but his soul is so very spiritual.


This soul has worked hard.

To provide for me and our children.

Extra jobs plus his career.

Sacrificing his own wants for ours.


Beach lover.

Free Bird dancer.

Rocker on the back patio at dusk.

Chocolate connoisseur.


His hands have washed me after illnesses.

He has set quietly during recoveries.

Our children were soothed by his rocking,

And comforted in his arms.


This humble man carries my concrete pieces wherever I want.

He awkwardly and with humor shoos armadillos out of the yard.

He takes the garbage out.

And the clothes are washed because of this loyal man.


This brave person fought to return to us from a stroke.

He regained consciousness,

And pushed himself further than anyone could have.

Recovering to be with us for more time.


Although light bulb changing is more difficult these days.

Loving me is never.

His silly jokes still amuse me,

And his passion for sports prevails.


The pride I have for him is beyond what he would ever know.

His dedication to education,

And his contribution to the martial arts is above the bar.

But most of all his love for us exceeds all.


Watching him play with the grandbabies is the most fun!

Talking sports with the kids brings him such joy.

We have found delight and companionship as we watch our tv shows together.

And he makes me smile when he says “Take it home John Boy!”.


The conversations we carry on are interesting,

And the silence to just be together is so comforting.

Our pups think that he rules the world,

Because of his love toward them.


Who else rents a boat to take his love to an island for shell collecting,

And hauls her decorations back and forth for every season.

Who else knows just the right time to bring flowers,

And still remembers to get me juice and coffee every day.


With the car windows down,

Headed to the beach,

Our laughs and smiles echoed in the Florida night,

As Copperhead Road blasted in the background.


The days with you were and are the greatest love.

Sitting hand in hand by you in the lounge chairs.

As the waves wash up,

And the warm wind blows past us.


These memories of your love for me

Are only a few of a thousand.

They remind me of our love,

And will always be in our hearts and souls.


This man is my love.

A good, hearted man I have always known.

I love you more than anything.

You have taught me how to love.


I am not sure I could ever define love.

I certainly know love is many things.

It is small and large.

But I am positive about one thing, this man lives love!

Lori Rennae Hickman Chapman

Thank you for being with me this beautiful time of the year!  Thank you for letting me share about my love and what he means to me.  I really believe the way I have grown to love Danny has increased my love for others threefold!  My wishes and prayers are for you to know love in the way I have been able to.  God bless you in your enthusiasm, optimism, and continued journey with love!













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