In moderation, alcohol helps you make friends, it erases your awkwardness and it is even good for your health. There you have it: A magical substance, indeed.
In the mid 80’s, I stumbled upon the “Rubayaits” by Omar Khayyam, a poet who lived in the 12th century Persia. These poems are not about love but they do speak of the transience of things – just what young passionate lovers need to hear. Thirty years later (and a waning passion), this little reading gem still rings true to me.