As the song goes, on the second day of Christmas my True Love gave to me – two Turtle Doves…
What a great gift to be discussing on Day Two of building great relationships for the New Year! Okay, we can’t promise that all the gifts for the 12 Days are going to make obvious sense for our relationship advice topic of the day, but this one certainly should! “Two turtle doves” lends itself very neatly to discussing love, and how we can give and show love to our partner in more meaningful ways in 2018.
For centuries, Turtle Doves have been used as symbols of devoted love, from Biblical references to Shakespeare, from Roman mythology to general folklore – including of course the song itself The 12 days of Christmas!
And no – its not because of the Cockney rhyming slang! One key reason for the close association between the words “Turtle Dove” and “Love” is the pair-bonding that occurs in the species – the strong affinity between a male and female that becomes a life-long bond. Plus they make a very distinctive gentle purring sound.
What if our interactions with our partner would be described as gentle purring sounds with strong affinity for each other and a life long bond?
And, if not already, what can we be doing towards achieving that?