February. Valentine's day. It's supposed to be romantic, right?
Do an image search for "romance" and you're going to find all sorts of things. Flowers. Chocolates. Kissing. Hand-holding. Weddings.
But is that all romance is?
I'd like to say that romance is going to look different to everyone.
What do I mean?
Here's my definition of romance. It's when someone loves someone else so much that they think about them even when not together and want to do something to show how much they treasure the other. That's romantic.
It doesn't have to be flowers or chocolates. Or a date. Or even a kiss.
Honestly, when my husband lets me have time to get a shower without children rushing in each evening, that's romantic. When he notices that I'm having a rough day and starts dinner, that's very romantic. Yes. I love the hand-holding and kissing and snuggles, too. I'm that kind of a girl. But I also have to remember that it's not always the way he shows his love.
The other day, when I mentioned I was traveling to Kentucky for another recording session for our YouTube channel, he said, "Just let me know which day I need to worry about you driving all that way." I had no idea he worried about me. And it was romantic because it reminded me how much he cared.
Romance comes in all forms and shapes. Things that make me feel special and cared for might not do the same for you.
I thought it would be fun to share the YouTube video we did for this weekend, full of little videos of other readers and authors telling what romance is to them.
Do you have a special definition of romance? What makes you feel loved?
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