‘Love is like a jar of jelly beans:
overflowing, sweet, bright and beautiful.’
As a little girl, I always loved fairy tales – I wanted my happily ever after.
Then, as a young teenager, I remember my mum
and I having a conversation about what love was. And mum, explaining
to me her analogy of ‘the jelly bean jar’. Mum said, ‘When people
fall in love with each other, there is a jar full to the brim with
bright, sweet, beautiful jelly beans. Those jelly beans represent their
love and commitment to each other. Over time, as the relationship grows and evolves, incidents happen, both good and bad. Pleasant actions increase jelly beans
and events that cause conflict remove jelly beans’.