When you "like" something, you typically enjoy it, but can take or or leave it. When it is missing, the "liked" item is can often be easily replaced with a new "like."
Loving something is different.
Love is an investment. You pay a price for it, but the benefits are worth the price - and then some. We miss what we love. They are not easily replaced. When they are gone, there is a void.
I'm glad there is no "love" option on Facebook. I "like" it just fine.
Now comes the holiday break for schools. As with summer break, I hear many people express how much they can't wait for the break. I hope it is because they need a much deserved re-charge, not because they want to get away from the work.
Maybe I am unusual in my thinking, but I love being in school. Not the same way I love my family, but when I am out for an extended time, I feel it. Sure, I like to get away and re-charge my batteries as much as the next person, but I never have the desire to express how eager I am for school to close.
I truly miss the opportunity to support the faculty, fellow administrators, students, and families. I miss engaging with those who inspire, challenge, and stimulate my thinking.
I miss inspiring, challenging, and stimulating them as well.
Breaks are necessary. They can be a great source of rejuvenation.
I "like" breaks.
I "love" being an educator.