The emblem we have always used to identify us, which looks like our initials, is an ancient love symbol. Elkin came across it in the sixties, before we met, in a little shop in Old Town in Chicago. It was a bronze medallion in a box marked "Love." A friend who is a calligrapher said he had seen it in a calligraphy book, and believed that it was Roman and thatit includes all the letters in the Latin word for love, AMATE.
Recently, another friend gave us a book called "The Book of Signs," by Rudolf Koch, and there it was on page 31 in the section called "Other Christian Signs." Underneath it are two words -- AMATE! LOVE! To us, it is a wonderful and mysterious symbol of our union -- our own love symbol. Elkin was wearing the medallion around his neck when we met.
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