Hearts in the Wild: Winter Edition

As many of you know, I love what I call “hearts in the wild” – hearts and heart shaped thing that either occur  naturally or that people make and I stumble upon in the natural world. The other day I was walking across campus and there weren’t a whole lot of people around. Ahead of me on a path, though, I saw a young man draw something in the snow and then take a picture of it with his phone, sort of nonchalantly. As I approached, he tried to etch it out before I could see but it was too late – he had drawn a heart. And by the looks of the snow banks nearby, he had previously drawn an earlier version.

If only he knew how lovely I thought it was and that it was nothing to be embarrassed about. I couldn’t help but to wonder if, in this private moment, he was taking the picture for himself (is he, like me, a collector of hearts in the wild images?) or whether he was sending the photo to a girlfriend or boyfriend or using it for an art project or whatever else. In any case, it made me feel happy and sweet and nostalgic inside and I thought maybe a few of you might be inspired to draw pictures in the snow and send them to your significant other, too. Photos, after all, can make for great shows of affection – and foreplay, whether of hearts, breasts or other naughty bits. Enjoy.

About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at www.sexualhealth.indiana.edu.