Moments of Inspiration for Thoughts of Romance

Do your children “kill” romance in your relationship?

After work and sparing with kids, most men and women don’t even think of romance, much less add it to their day.

Some evening surprise your sweetheart, whether guy or gal. After dinner, draw a bath. Escort your sweetheart into the bathroom. Leave, close and lock the door.

While your sweetheart luxuriates in the calming serenity of quiet isolation, take care of kids, chores and schoolwork (if any). Get them ready for bed.

Once the house is settled, invite your sweetheart to join you for a favorite beverage or a crackling fireplace. The moments of re-creation you gave, make moments of romance possible.

Robert, a hopeless romantic

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A “B” Student Romance

In high school, I was an average student. Think my cumulative GPA was maybe around a 2.5 (“C+”). Not very remarkable.

In the middle of my 3rd year, for some unknown reason I decided to see if I could make a 3.0 Grade Point Average for the quarter – become a “B” student. For any “C” I received, I’d have to offset with an “A”. For this average student, that seemed daunting.

But I had a goal, a target, and set to work.

That quarter’s report card displayed a GPA of just over 3.0.

Unfortunately, that accomplishment went uncelebrated. I slid back into average. It took 10 years (graduate school) before I regained my scholastic focus and was even invited into a scholastic society.

But this isn’t about my aptitude as a student. This is about romantic lessons.

First, attaining that scholastic goal was easier than I thought.

I could have let the mission impossible of a 3-point GPA immobilize this “average” kid. Why try? I might fail. I was comfortable as average. But when I set my goal and put forth the effort, I amazed myself at the relative ease of attaining my goal.

You may not feel very romantic. You might think, “There’s nothing special about me.” Yet if you decide to be more romantic and put in the effort, you might surprise yourself at your ability.

Second lesson. If you have romance in your relationship, look around for someone to encourage. Make a difference in their relationship. Let them know you believe they have the ability to be romantic.

Your words of encouragement might be the boost they need to step out of their relational rut and become more romantic. You could be the encouragement to reveal the straight “A” student of romance hidden inside them.

Robert, a hopeless romantic

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A Romantic Tale – Part 1, 2, 3, 4

Write your sweetheart a love letter. Express what your sweetheart means to you. Include at least 4 different stories of times with your sweetheart which exemplified romance. Don’t worry about your writing skills. This isn’t creative writing class. No grade.

Take that letter and break it into 4 parts. They don’t have to be the same length. But see if you can create these breaks in the middle of the stories you’re telling – a cliff hanger.

Over a period of a week or two, send your sweetheart the letter, one part at a time. You’ll soon have your sweetheart anticipating the next installment.

Robert, a hopeless romantic

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Acting Out Romance

Do you and your sweetheart agree on an all-time favorite romance or romantic-comedy movie?

Most people have a favorite romantic movie, their quintessential romantic movie. Maybe:

  • Casablanca“, love found and lost under difficult conditions with memorable scenes and unforgettable lines.
  • Crazy Rich Asians“, love triumphs over culture and the matriarch.
  • The Sound of Music“, young lady’s spirit collides with a rigid widower’s resulting in rediscovered joy.
  • Love Story“, Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw’s young love, spurning parent’s disapproval, blossoming and then tragically cut short.

What is the title of your favorite? Maybe you have scenes and lines memorized, burned into your mental drive.

Escape can be a great way to romance your sweetheart. Doing something unexpected, uncomfortable, and maybe a little crazy can spice up a relationship.

Tying the idea of your favorite romantic movie with acting in a brave new world gives you something you to do if confined to your house.

Find that favorite movie, the one you both enjoy, or your sweetheart’s favorite. Bring up the climactic scene you agree is the romantic moment. Put on your acting capes and begin acting out the scene.

Chances are, unless you’ve been received a Filmfare, Bafta or Oscar, you’ll end up embarrassed and laughing.

That’s the idea.

Romancing your sweetheart unexpectedly, without much advanced noticed and in an unusual way, creates intrigue for your sweetheart. Romancing your sweetheart in a manner which exceeds your comfort level declares you have chutzpa; you step boldly into the unknown for your sweetheart. Granted, you might do it with great trepidation. But the fact you’re willing to try something beyond your usual rodeo entices your sweetheart.

And this craziness is romantic because you had fun together, created a unique memory to share. And you took a risk to romance you sweetheart.

Robert, a hopeless romantic

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Old-Fashioned Romance

This is an “old fashioned” Romantic Interlude.

Many consider chocolate very romantic. Quality chocolate brings pleasure to the mouth and stimulates your mood.

Find a box of high-quality chocolates, possibly dark chocolate. Be very selective in the box you choose. Find one considered a collectible and worth keeping.

On some special occasion, give the box of chocolates to your sweetheart. Say you’d like to keep the box when emptied as a memento of this special occasion.

The real reason to retain the box is to refill it with favorite chocolates. Each time you do, you remind your sweetheart of the first time you gave the chocolates.

Robert, a hopeless romantic

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Repetitive Romance

It arrived. My house is the land of carpets. Been looking forward to my first Rosie-robot vacuum to clean my carpets while I’m away.

I expected to spend maybe an hour time setting it up the first time. There’s a quick start guide to begin. Then owner’s manual rivaling the size of the Cheesecake Factory menu.

Pulled everything out of the box. To help me feel that I’d been involved in the creation of the robot, the company let me do the final assembly. After completing their work, the robotic vacuum had to be charged and connected to my Wi-Fi.

Many pages into the manual I discovered I would need to make the floor safe for the vacuum:

  • No loose or frayed rugs to gag it;
  • No cords for it to consume,
  • No small toys to fight with.

The floor must be made robot vacuum safe – and this must be done every time before turning the vacuum loose. Thought I only had to do this once. After that, Rosie took care of my carpets without my intervention.

Sometimes we try to romance like that.

You know romancing your sweetheart takes time to plan. Especially when you’re trying to romance in a different way the first time. But once you put the Romantic Interlude together and it works, it should be wash, rinse and repeat. You can repeatedly romance the same way without preparation.

Then you discover it doesn’t work that way.

  • Your sweetheart requires attention.
  • Something changes and the Interlude gets tangled up.
  • “Fixing it” takes time and energy.

No matter how many times you’ve romanced your sweetheart, take time to plan, anticipate, and keep it fresh. Spending this time preparing the Romantic Interlude results in you and your sweetheart enjoying the reward of sharing romantic moments together.

Robert, a hopeless romantic

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Springtime Romantic Interlude

There’s something about changing seasons which lifts someone’s mood. This is especially true of the springtime. After seemingly endless weeks of dull grey and cold temperatures, sunshine, flowers and a bit of warmth reinvigorates.

When the forecast is for a warmer day and bright sunshine, invite your sweetheart for a stroll. You don’t need a special destination or a petal-strewn path. Just meander along together and let the hint of changing season enliven your senses.

Skip along. Laugh together. Share memories of previous spring days. Take photos, capturing the memories. Celebrate the seasonal rebirth.

This also works during autumn. Anytime the seasons are changing.

Robert, a hopeless romantic

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