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What are the cockles of my heart … and why do they need warming?

What’s a cockle? And how does it warm my heart?

The other morning, Don looked across the breakfast table, blue eyes shining, and told me how much he loves me. I responded, “And you warm the cockles of my heart.” Then we both chuckled – what did that even mean? And what’s a cockle?



  1. Karen O'Connor says:

    I love this blog, especially Don’s sweet comment. Charles often referred to me as ‘Miss Cuteness,’ and every time he said it, he warmed the cockles of my heart!! But now, thanks to you, I know the meaning of that expression. I expect I will be explaining some idioms during the coming days while I host a Japanese student for two weeks.

    1. carolnl says:

      You will indeed, Karen, and the explaining will probably be fun for both you and the Japanese student. How soon is he/she arriving? Bless you as you host this student. I also love that Charles referred to you as “Miss Cuteness.” I can hear him saying it – it fits!

  2. Columba Smith says:

    I didn’t know about what that idiom meant. That’s neat! I had a Japanese roommate in college. Once, she tried to use one of our idioms. She told me she was hungry because she “jumped over” breakfast. 🙂

    1. carolnl says:

      I love your example, Columba. It makes us think when someone uses an idiom incorrectly (according to our understanding) and we have to figure out what they’re saying. This one is fun. I’ll have to try “jumping over breakfast” sometime!

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