Big “A”, little “a”. What begins with “A”? Aunt Annie’s alligator. A-a-A.
If you have or had young children, you may know “An Amazing Alphabet Book” by Dr. Seuss. During my kids’ early years, I read that book so many times, I can quote the “A” verse from memory. Did you?
Big “R”, little “r”. What begins with “R”? Rosy’s red rhinoceros. R-r-R.
However, in this Romantic Memo it’s – Big “R”, little “r”. What begins with “R”? R-O-M-A-N-C-E. (Hopefully Dr. Seuss will, in the name of romance, forgive me.)
The “R” in our romance acrostic is for “Relationship”. The Relationship between you and your sweetheart forms the foundation of your romance. And Romance is built on the Relationship Triangle.
Side one of the Relationship Triangle is Personal Honor. To have a great relationship, you must live with honor. You do what you say you’ll do, no matter whether or not your sweetheart or anyone else is around. You can be trusted.
Side two of the Relationship Triangle is Mutual Respect. To have a great relationship, you must respect your sweetheart and your sweetheart must respect you. You hold your sweetheart in high esteem. You avoid saying things or doing things which belittles or devalues your sweetheart – even in those moments of public or private conflict.
Side three of the Relationship Triangle is Shared Love. To have a great relationship, you must love each other. Each wants what is best for the other, wants the other to succeed and cares deeply for the other – all without expecting reciprocation.
Without the solid Relationship Triangle foundation, your relationship falters, romance loses momentum, and “we” become hallow and die.
Create a strong Relationship Triangle, your “R” in romance, and that Romance will in turn strengthen your relationship.
Robert, a hopeless romantic
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