Love Takes Many Forms

With love being in the air this February, I decided to talk to one of our very own DWIB members about someone she really loves and cares for immensely.

Akanksha Kumar is a fourth year student pursuing her B.S. in Managerial Economics and minoring in Philosophy. She was born in New Delhi, India and moved to Sarasota, Florida when she was nine years old. Currently, she is focusing on applying to law school.

Akanksha reached out to me and was very excited to be interviewed for my semi-Valentine’s Day blog. I think we will be having many “aws” and “how cute” moments while reading. Let’s find out more about who Akanksha adores most!

Q: When you think about someone or something you love/care about, who/what comes to your mind first?

At the end of senior year of high school, my family and I got a new puppy named Jazebelle (nickname: Jazz) and she is for sure the shining star in our family! Growing up as an only child certainly has its ups and downs, but I think the one thing that I always lacked in my life was Jazz. It’s really funny because my parents were not quite accepting of the idea of getting a dog and now she is not only my best friend, but also theirs!

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Q: What does Jazz mean to you and when you first realized she meant this much to you?

Originally when we got Jazz, I was overjoyed by this fluffy little puppy running around the house 24/7. Then one day, I came home and noticed that she had chewed on all my shoes, including some of my formal heels. Just like any other girl, I absolutely love my shoes! When I found out what she had done, I definitely felt sad for a little bit. Then l looked at her adorable face and I forgot about the whole incident and in a few minutes and we went for a nice walk outside. This was probably the first time I realized that she meant the world to me and can never make me upset, instead she can only spread joy around my house!

Q: what have you learned from this Jazz or what have you taught her?

I feel like the whole saying about the dog taking after the owner is quite accurate. I really connect with her because her and I are both very outgoing beings and love meeting new people, yet we both need our alone time after a full day of work! On the contrary though, there is one thing that I have learned from her that might not have been my best suit before. My parents are both business owners so unfortunately she spends a lot of time alone at home, waiting for them to come home. I find it remarkable how incredibly patient she has become as time has progressed. When she was a puppy, she would not listen to any commands from me or my family and now when someone starts putting on their shoes or standing by the door, she instantly recognizes that the person is about to leave. She goes and sits on top of the couch and waits patiently for my family to come back home. I think spending time with her made me realize that patience genuinely is a virtue and as a result I have learned to be more patient with my friends and family, as well as in my career.

Whether it is a person, a hobby, maybe even music, or in Akanksha’s case, a pet like Jazz, it is important to be able to express your love and emotions to someone or something. I hope you have enjoyed reading about Akanksha’s stories about Jazz and have been touched by their loving bond. We wish you a wonderful Valentine's Day spent with the loved ones in your life.

Written By: Mira Daya