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Kiwanis Club of Valley gets a lesson on love

VALLEY — Wednesday’s noon hour speaker at the Kiwanis Club of Valley had an appropriate topic for Valentine’s Day. Ursula Davis, the activities director at EAMC-Lanier Nursing Home talked about love.

She spoke of one of the most famous definitions of love ever written.

“In First Corinthians, St. Paul talks about love being patient and kind,” she said. “He tells of love never being jealous, never boastful or conceited. It is never rude or seeks its own advantage.”

St. Paul’s view of love, Davis said. does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but finds joy in truth.

“It does not take offense or store up grievances,” she paraphrased First Corinthians. “Love is always ready to make allowances, to trust, to hope, and to endure whatever comes.”

Davis talked of the four types of love in the Christian tradition: eros, or romantic love; love of family; phials, or love of your fellow man and agape, divine love from God that may involve a sacrifice.

“It’s the way that Christ led his life,” Davis said. “This kind of love is bigger than you or I. It’s unpredictable and irrefutable. Love is free. It’s can’t be bought, sold or traded. You can love people you don’t even like. You can’t be made to love someone or to make someone love you. Real love always comes from the heart. It can’t be manipulated or restrained.”

Davis said that Wednesday was one of the big days of the year for EAMC-Lanier Nursing Home. It was the day of the annual Valentine’s Ball and the crowing of a Valentine King and Queen.

It took place during the 7 p.m. hour, and the nursing home’s dining area was overflowing with residents, family members and staff. The selections are made by popular vote of the residents. Howard McCants is this year’s king and Mary Lowe the queen. A married couple, Charles and Betty Duffey were the runners up for king and queen.

“We’ve been married 67 years,” Mr. Duffey said. “We got married in 1950. That was a LONG time ago!”

Right now, EAMC-Lanier Nursing Home is a few residents short of capacity. There are 96 people staying there at the present time. The maximum number is 103.