What Does It Really Mean to Adore?

Naomi ShapiroBy Naomi Shapiro, Blogger of the Month for February

The word “adore” gets tossed around pretty casually these days. I’m often guilty of jumping to superlatives myself, but this month’s theme is a great opportunity to think about the value and weight of our words and what they really mean.

Who or what do you really adore? What fills your heart and mind with transformative wonder?


This isn’t a test. It’s totally fine to adore bundt cake or chenille socks. But sometimes it’s nice to step back a bit and contemplate things that are bigger than that. Like the feeling that you get when you’re snuggling your kids and their hair is in your nose and you’re almost breathing them in, you love them so much. That’s real adoration. And it’s different than something that makes you click the thumbs-up button on a Facebook post, isn’t it?

You don’t have to say it out loud, or even comment here, but take a moment to think about what you adore, with your body and soul. Keep those things close.

Definition of Adore

Naomi Shapiro spent years clerking at record stores, booking and managing bands, DJing and writing for magazines (The Austin Chronicle, The Rocket, Raygun) and ran the indie record label Fluffer, whose main claim to fame was releasing the first 7″ record by Spoon. Naomi loves animals, music, and the printed word and collects bakelite jewelry, mid-century modern furniture and thrift store paintings (big eyes and orientalism), among way too many other things. Like shoes and obsolete technology. Typography, bright tights and baking rank high on her list of cool things. She lives in Kansas with her artist husband, two kids, six cats, basset hound, two frogs and a turtle. She is marketing director of Yoder Smokers and a co-founder of Digital Wichita.