By Sarah Lin Almodiel

Written by Pope John Paul II, this play was - appropriately - on love. Specifically, love between three couples and how the three relationships are intertwined. 

To be honest, I'm barely 15 and so, comes the question, what do I know about love? The dictionary defines love as ‘a strong positive emotion of regard and affection to someone or something.' Is that really the one and only definition for love?

I don't think love can be defined until you've found it, grown with it, you've let go of it, you've missed it and you've needed it. To me, only then can you define love. What does the dictionary know about love, anyway?

Let's go back to the topic of The Jeweler's Shop. Let us start with the first couple. They are a young couple, about to be married, but both of them are still experiencing doubts. They are trying to find the love in their relationship, but only after many long thoughtful moments do they actually find it. This is the ‘finding' aspect of love. They have a son, and when this son is at a young age his father leaves and joins the war. This is the ‘letting go' part of love. Also, the son lacks a father figure and this affects him later on in life.

The second couple is the most traumatic of the three as they are on the brink of separation due to their disregard of each other. The wife truly loves her husband and from what I can tell, her husband probably loves her too - sort of. But the wife is so paranoid about the relationship and she also feels insignificant that she goes into the world to find appreciation in all the wrong places. She regrets it, and comes back to her senses only when she catches sight of her wedding ring. This would be ‘missing' love and ‘needing' it, isn't it?

The third couple is, coincidentally, a love between the son of first couple and the daughter of the second. They are both childhood friends as well. Their problems lie in the echoes of their parents' relationships.

Will the new husband be able to be a good father for his children in future, when he didn't have that much of a role model? Will the new wife be able to kindle a spark in the marriage that her parents weren't able to? In the end they realize that they can, that somehow, they don't have to repeat all that happened in the past. They ‘found' love. They ‘grew' with love.

The title Jeweler's Shop comes from the places where all 3 couples bought their wedding rings. Each ring is more valuable when there is more love in the relationship. That's all that matters, love, isn't it?

After this whole reflection, defining love is still a problem. But this play was a definite eye opener, and extremely touching as well. I leave my definition of love to another time, when I am much older. But for now, "Love one another as I have loved you."

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