Been offline the last week. Taking time away with my sweetheart in a place called Door County. Glad to be back.
The couple occupied a table near the window. His socks didn’t match and his shoes were non-descript. Her hair was neat, though it’d been a while since a beautician added color. Their clothes were clean, though a bit dated. Probably purchased during a blue-light-special or off the clearance rack.
But those aren’t the first things you’d notice about the two.
Even though they were obviously pensioners cashing in on a lifetime of paying into the system, even though their movements were slow and deliberate, you noticed the spark of new love.
Even a casual observer saw the little things proclaiming “New Love – New Romance”:
- The way he’d gently touch her hand or brush his hand across her arm;
- The way her face lit up when he smiled at her;
- His grin when she said something only he could hear;
- The fact they sat side-by-side on the same side of the table.
When one of the younger members of the wait staff came to take my order, he asked what I thought of the couple.
“It’s nice to see older people finding puppy love after retirement.”
The guy almost laughed before letting me in on the source of his amusement. The couple is his grandparents and had been together for decades.
“You know what?”, he asked. “Someday, I’d like to have an old romance like theirs.”
If you asked them how they kept their romance alive for decades, they’d probably give a couple of pointers, like:
- You gotta make a commitment to keep romance alive in your relationship.
- Realize sometimes you’ll feel romantic and sometimes you won’t.
- It takes time to learn to romance your sweetheart.
- If you get discouraged, return to #1.
Have you started creating your old romance with your sweetheart? Robert