Thank you for the opportunity to share my musings about romance. It’s an honor to do so.
Planning for this evening’s Romantic Interlude consumed hours.
The menu featured caprese salad, fresh peas in a light butter sauce, freshly grated Parmesan cheese over gnocchi al pesto. The beverage – a light-bodied red Chianti, chilled to 55º. Dessert – Pistachio Heavenly Delight.
The table was really a 4-seater but with the tablecloth, my best dishes and green-striped wine glasses it looked great.
Tapered candles glowed in the dimmed light.
This was a romantic evening for just the two of us and I was sure her eyes would sparkle as her face lit up in the flickering candlelight.
Only it didn’t happen that way.
- She’d eaten a late lunch and wasn’t really hungry;
- The Chianti was stronger than she appreciated;
- And the green dessert brought back memories of a failed relationship.
I knew the evening I’d imagined, the evening I’d planned for and worked hard to create was a bust when she asked if we could turn on the lights.
It also wasn’t the first time my romantic plans had fallen flat.
I faced a choice. Would I chalk it up to three strikes and romance is out? Or, would I try again, creating a different Romantic Interlude?
What would you do?
We’ve been in this place before.
- The Romantic Interlude didn’t connect with your sweetheart, or
- Your sweetheart wasn’t “in the mood”, or
- A disagreement between you the two of you left your sweetheart doubting you could ever create a Romantic Interlude.
I know the feeling and when it’s happened more than once, it can dissuade you from believing you really can romance your sweetheart.
In those moments, we pick ourselves up, acknowledge that while it didn’t work this time, there might have been extenuating circumstances, and give it another go.
After all, the next one might be magic.
Robert, a hopeless romantic
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