Monday, February 10, 2014

What Does Romance Mean To You?

Over 100 years ago Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote the poem which included these lines: "In the Spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love."

So why is it unpopular now for men to admit they like romance … providing the right woman is involved? Why do men hide in a corner when they dare to read a sweet romance book?

Although it is possible to live without romance, those blessed with true love know that it is a divine gift and not to be taken lightly. It has a quality of excitement, and mystery. Falling in love can temporarily remove us from the cares of our everyday life.

But according to Samuel Stoddard: “Being romantic is hard work. Some people think that romance is easy,” he says, “that anybody can be romantic with very little work. This is not true. To be romantic,” he continues, “there are a lot of things you must know about romance and a lot of situations you must prepare for.”

Hard work? That sounds like everyday drudgery. Is romance worth it?

In my experience, for the best relationships, lovers are the best of friends. And as Elbert Hubbard once said. “To have a friend you must first be a friend.”

Contrary to popular opinion, some lovers like practical gifts. And romantic gifts do not have to be a large out of pocket expense. In fact the best gifts of all are things money cannot buy.
Five special gifts you should give freely:
Wearing his favorite outfit for the occasion.
A smile of appreciation.
Laugh at his jokes.
Appreciate his talents.
Be thankful for his attempts to please you, not breathing a word about what you would have preferred …Unless he asks, of course. Then give him the gift of the truth given in love.

And those times when life has dumped on you? Cheer your spirits by reading a sweet romance. Perhaps a comedy filled one. Refill your romance tank so you can spread peace and joy to others.

Sharon A Lavy lives with her husband in SW Ohio. When not reading, writing, or sewing for her family, she enjoys traveling with her husband in their small Flight Design airplane.
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