• Angela Castrigno

All You Need Is Love

“You, yourself, as much as anybody else in the entire universe, deserves your love and affection.” -Buddha

This past weekend, I went to my cousin's baby shower. We played all sorts of games related to babies and parenting. For example, guessing baby animal names (a baby tiger is called a whelp...who knew?), estimating how much yarn it would take to go around mama's belly, not saying the word "baby" for the entire afternoon (way harder than it sounds!). Out of all the games we played, my favorite one was when everyone wrote a piece of advice to the parents on a note card, all of which were to be collected and placed in a book for Mom and Dad.

Some went the humorous, not so subtle route, casually mentioning that all babies need at least one sibling. Others talked about how precious time was and to enjoy every moment with the family. Not being a mother myself, I was stumped for words regarding parenting. So I began thinking about what I wanted and needed from my parents as a child, and ultimately, I landed on LOVE.

No matter how old you are, what your job is, how big your family is or how many friends you have (in person or on Facebook), the most important love that you will ever receive is self love.