It seems like everywhere we look lately, we see symbols— do not , email , yield , happy , sad , and laughing icons. They express emotions and things without words. The concept of heart has its own symbols people use to communicate love and caring.
One of my favorite heart symbols is the two-hands heart shape symbol formed by pressing the thumbs together and bending fingers over. It communicates love and caring, and it is always available. Isn’t that wonderful! I have seen lovers, parents, friends, and other caring souls show this symbol to say “I love you.” It’s almost like an instant valentine. I don’t remember seeing this heart symbol years ago. I am glad that someone “discovered” it. It would be interesting to learn how it came to be. I bet there’s a story behind it, but I can’t seem to find it.
Another heart-shaped symbol I saw recently is formed by joining a less-than symbol to a <3. It is one of many sideways keystroke combinations that add a visual message to typed text.
The most traditional heart symbol is the heart shape with an arrow piercing it. The arrow represents Cupid’s arrow. Cupid was the Roman god of love and desire. It implies a person’s heart is struck by Cupid’s arrow of love leaving the person is hopelessly in love.
The creative minds of the people who develop these symbols must see shapes and things in ways the rest of us don’t. They must have sensitive hearts. I am glad they see things in ways that brighten our writing and our wordless communications. If you have a favorite heart symbol will you share it, please?