Lovepats... maybe this would be a good time to explain the title. My name is Pat and my last name begins with the letter "S." That's easy enough, right? So naturally, if I had a CB radio, my handle would definitely be "lovepat." Even though, I supppose that name could be misconstrued; I fondly remember my mother's lovepats. As a mother of 10 children, she could calm any distraught child with her simple embrace, her lovepat, and a "there, there, now." So, "lovepats" bring me a certain amount of comfort and I share them with my children and the people I love. Lovepats simply speak a language of love and comfort. It's all about the touch and the connection. Lovepats encourage and say "everything will be alright," and "I love you."
As I looked up this word in the dictionary, I found it didn't exist. That was discouraging. Well, the word "pat" is defined. It has many definitions as a noun, verb or an idiom. Among other things, it is an expression of encouragement... as in a "pat" on the back.
I remember when I was very young, I looked up my name in the dictionary. Imagine my dismay as I read "patty... a small, round slab of meat." I was hoping for something a bit more endearing, if not sophisticated or glamorous. Nope, a small, round slab of meat. There it was. Now, thankfully, it was not a self-fulfilling prophecy and I came to understand the beautiful meaning of "Patricia" the female form of the latin word "patrician" meaning a person of nobility or high rank. Alright then, 'nobility' had a certain elegant ring to it, and I was pleased. But the fact remained, that growing up in my catholic school, there happened to be 4 of us 'Pats' of different genders in one class There was a Patty, Patsy, Trish, Patrick, and I got stuck with being called "Pat." The only people who called me 'Patty" were my Mom and Dad. It was a charming term of endearment and I secretly cherished it. Other neighbors and family friends liked to call me "Patty Duke" or "Pitty Pat" but that was just for fun.
For the purpose of this blog, I hope you find my words encouraging... like 'lovepats." I hope you somehow sense through my "LovePats" that everything will be alright, that you will find we have a lot in common on this journey as we travel through the dailyness of living. That you will find yourself, as I do, comforted and loved by a very Great God... no matter what. I find joy in bringing you LovePats.