Love is amazing for many, many reasons.

One reason is that love is one of the very few things in life that you get more of when you give it away. Typically speaking, when you give away your cookies, you have fewer cookies. If you give away your time, you run out of time.

But love is different. The more you give, the more you have.

I just love that about love.

And nobody demonstrates that unique quality of love better than Mr. Hatch, my all-time favorite Valentine hero.

Mr. Hatch is a lonely, quiet man who keeps to himself.

One day he receives a heart shaped package of chocolates with a note that reads, “Somebody loves you!”

He can’t imagine who it could be from, but the mere fact that somebody, somewhere loves him is enough to make Mr. Hatch giggle, something he hasn’t done in a very long time.

Inspired by feeling loved, Mr. Hatch alters his strict routine and goes outside for a walk. His neighbors are shocked to see him looking happy and are quickly drawn to his new-found friendliness.

Since Mr. Hatch isn’t sure who loves him, he treats everyone around him with a humble appreciation that manifests itself in generosity. What is generosity but the exercise of love?

Before long Mr. Hatch’s feelings about his neighbors attract reciprocal feelings, and he finds he is surrounded by friends.

Then tragedy strikes. Mr. Hatch finds out that the heart shaped package and the note that read, “Somebody loves you!” had been delivered to the wrong house!

Mr. Hatch is so disappointed to learn that nobody loved him after all. He goes back to his old ways, lapsing into his old routine and keeping to himself again.

The neighbors are saddened to see their friend look so down. When they find out from the postman what happened they realize that Mr. Hatch is wrong. He is wrong to think that nobody loves him because … they do.

They love Mr. Hatch!

The happy ending occurs when Mr. Hatch realizes how much his life has changed. He is now the proud recipient of more love than he ever dreamed of all because he was inspired by a little love to give away a lot of love.

I always get a little choked up at the end because I am that kind of crazy. When my kids ask me why, I give a shnorfy explanation of how you just have to give a little love to get a little love, and the more you give, the more you have.

I just love that about love.

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