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True Love

Posted Jun 15 2009 4:50pm


This story published by Steve Goodier of truly moved me.
I thank Steve for his permission to share it with


I’m not sure I can always tell love from passion.
One father said of his teenaged son, “I don’t
know if he’s in love or in heat!” What
teenager would know? Besides, feelings of
attraction can change more quickly than a pouty

But love, in its truest form, is greater than
feelings. It is as much a decision as it is a

Love is what Mr. and Mrs. Strauss shared. Mrs.
Isadore Strauss was one of the few first class
women passengers to go down with the Titanic in
1912, and she drowned because she could not bear
to leave her husband.

They remained calm throughout the excitement of
the sinking vessel. They both aided frightened
women and children to find places aboard
lifeboats. Finally, Mr. Strauss, who had
repeatedly urged his wife to claim a spot safely
aboard a lifeboat, forced her to enter one.

She was seated but a moment, however, when she
sprang up and climbed back on deck before he
could stop her. There, she caught his arm,
snuggling it familiarly against her side, and
exclaimed, “We have been long together for a
great many years. We are old now. Where you go, I
will go.”

Where you go, I will go. It is a decision to be
together, come what may. I suspect she said
something like that to him many times before.
Maybe the words she used were different, but the
meaning was the same. I want to be with you.
Let’s do this together.

Where you go, I will go. It’s a decision to love.
It is deciding to be there, wherever “there” may
be. It is a decision to sacrifice, if sacrifice
is needed. And it is choosing to re-decide it all
over again tomorrow and the next day and the

As the ship sank beneath icy water on that cold
and dark, April night, the Strausses merely
re-made a decision they had made many times
before throughout their life together. They
decided on each other.

Where you go, I will go. At the heart of true
love is often a decision, made again and again,
to face the next day together … hand in hand.

– Steve Goodier

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