“Fresh, California Strawberries”
About a month after moving my family from California to Chattanooga, I discovered that sign in a local grocery store.
My house in the rolling hills of hot, humid Tennessee was very different from my home with orange trees and tall mountains. I missed the strawberry field only 10 minutes from home. Field-fresh strawberries had frequently been part of our meals.
This sign promised a taste of home – fresh California strawberries. The anticipation of my taste buds was sky high.
I bought a couple baskets.
My first bite elicited this reaction
Where did these come from?
They aren’t fresh California strawberries.
Have you ever “advertised” an evening you couldn’t deliver?
It’s happened to both you and me.
Sometimes the ideas of a romantic interlude grows beyond what we could ever deliver. We stoke our sweetheart’s imagination of a romantic evening out. We lead him/her on, as anticipation of this magical night builds in their mind.
Then we realize their expectation cannot be met.
The evening turns into a disappointment for our sweetheart.
Looking back on the evening, you both realize the evening actually was an opportunity for romance. What was planned and transpired did bring you closer.
It went wrong in the advertising: The initial idea of a romantic evening together skyrocketed beyond reality and into an image of Hollywood-inspired magic – the perfect night out.
Here are some ideas on avoiding this in the future.
- Share plans with your sweetheart with a matter-of-fact attitude. It’s an opportunity to enjoy time together.
- Don’t oversell the evening.
- Aim for a single or double.
You will feel less pressure to deliver the impossible evening, and both of you will be able to enjoy the romantic moment.
If the evening becomes magical, enjoy it. Robert