Now that the holidays are behind us, I can take a deep breath and look forward to MY favorite holiday: Valentine’s Day. It’s not that I don’t love Christmas (gifts ARE fun and twinkle lights ARE pretty), but the combination of excessive gift giving with the religious aspect of what Christmas actually means creates a conflict of interest in my opinion. Plus, the January bills, quite frankly, are depressing.
Not so with Valentine’s Day. It’s so simple…sharing an evening with your sweetheart. For me, that means a nice dinner out and a simple gift that says “I love you” (or, in my case, “I’d marry you all over again, even when you drive me crazy!” lol). I love getting dressed up and sitting in a fancy restaurant with Marc, enjoying being served (and not having to clean up…makes me actually feel like I’m living in the Regency period for once!), and having uninterrupted conversation for the duration of the meal. No interruptions from teenagers, dogs, parrots, cats, or the goat (yes, I have a house-goat).
But what if you don’t have a sweetheart? What if, like Emma, you are not only determined to be a spinster but also to ensure that others are NOT spinsters? Emma’s love of matchmaking and the unfortunate situations that occur because of her misguided, although well-intentioned, efforts make for one of my favorite Jane Austen novels. I suppose that is why we love romance novels.
Romance is a fanciful idea. Most of us have experienced the highs and lows of romance. In the beginning, everything is flowers and unicorns. But after a while, romance becomes a relationship and reality sinks in. My Prince Charming might have ridden in on a white horse (literally), but he also leaves the toilet seat up and doesn’t put his dirty clothes in the hamper. He spills his coffee on the counter and doesn’t wipe it up (grr). But, deep down, he’s still my Prince Charming and I can still feel romance in the smallest of gestures: how he brings me coffee each morning, how he runs errands for me without a complaint, how he loves our menagerie of animals that wander through the house, and how, when he thinks I’m not aware, he looks at me with that same hint of adoration from our very first days of falling in love…
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