Happy Valentines Day. I hope your day has at least a few goodies in it. Mine almost always comes with a bag of Dove chocolates. It makes the day of the year that's supposed to be the most romantic a little more. What can I say? My Valentine knows what I like.
You can probably already guess that I love romance. I read several romance novels a week, usually. And I write romance novels. But I also have a few problems with romance novels and romantic movies.
That doesn't make sense? No, but it's true. Let me explain.
Romance novels are a great way to relax and unwind, to dive into someone else's problems without worrying if there will be a happily ever after or not. But they can also lead to disappointment when something similar doesn't happen in our real life. Let's be honest, we all have our idea of a perfect date or how the proposal should go, how a first kiss should happen, or even how we wish our guy's eyes would smolder when he sees us in a certain outfit. It doesn't always happen, does it? Sometimes, life gets in the way, we're all so busy that neither could tell what the other is wearing, and dates only occur when a babysitter can be found. With our heads full of romantic notions from books and movies, real life can be a bit disappointing.
In light of this, I'm going to start a new monthly theme. At least once a month, I plan to post a "Real Life Romance" post, where someone (probably another author) shares about something that happened in real life, that maybe wasn't book worthy, but was definitely romantic. We need to remember that while romance is nice, real love withstands everything. And when you have real love (the kind that is sacrificial and puts the other person first), romance can be found in the simple things ... like him remembering how much you like Dove chocolates.
What about you? Anything romantic happening in your life today? How do you find romance amidst the everyday-ness of "real life?"
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