Friday, March 14, 2014

Let's Talk Romance!

Have you ever wondered, just what exactly is romance? 

I am intrigued by the varying opinions I have encountered over the years.   Some instantly think of sex, and perhaps that is understandable considering the daily diet of seductive advertising we are all forced to ingest. 

I have oft heard the term "a deep, abiding love" and while that is closer to my definition, it doesn't totally define romance. 


What do you call romantic? When you see a young man open the car door for his date, or a gentleman pull out the chair for his dinner partner, do you refer to those actions as romantic? 

How about the selfless acts in the storybooks of the girl selling her hair and the man selling his watch, just so they can afford to give each other the perfect gift?   Or, is it when you see two people with their heads together listening only to each other as the rest of the world goes on around them. 


The Definition of Romance


I would submit that romance is the expression in action of a deep emotion, a more continual caring evidenced through communicative glances, electrified touches and an intangible connection. 

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Debw07 offers her definition of romance and gives suggestions in her article Hopeless Romantic.  I did chuckle as I read her lens when I discovered we shared the same Hollywood heartthrob "crush".  

Even though I have seen almost all of her recommended romantic movies, she did review one romantic movie that I haven't seen yet.  All of my loyal readers know how much I love discovering a new (regardless of release date) romantic movie!


Romantics are always discovering unique ways to say "I love you" to their one and only love.  

One of my all time favorite writers on Squidoo, Loreleicohen, offers several fun and fabulous ways to do just that in her article,  How Do You Say I Love You?

I always enjoy reading articles written by authors who share personal experiences while giving awesome recommendations.  



Now tell me, what is your definition of romance?
  

7 comments:

  1. I enjoyed reading this post and the two lenses you feature. I think the most romantic things are the little things my husband does for me on a daily basis. A hug when I really need it, flowers when he goes to the grocery store, and on a bigger note driving me around the country to photograph lighthouses!

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  2. So sweet reading your featured lenses about love and romance. To me, romance is shown in a special look, a touch or hug, and spending 45 years together and never running out of things to say to each other -- enjoying talking to each other every day about every subject under the sun (along with hugs and numerous little kisses - :-). Deep love is more than romantic gestures; it's wanting to be with your spouse, who is your best friend and soul mate, more than anything or anyone else.

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  3. True romance for me is a contentment of the heart that is too deep to be measured (while in the presence of my soul mate). Always wondrous to think about romance and romantic moments. Lovely post.

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  4. What a lovely article! I love your definition of romance. It's spot on for me. It's the little, unexpected things that reinforce one's love to one's beloved. Thinking of him/her before you think of yourself is to me, very romantic! Off to read the articles you highlighted.

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  5. Thank you very much Cynthia. I appreciate your kindness in featuring my article in your blog today. :)

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  6. Yes, ma'am - you got me on this one! Always a romantic at heart, my definition is something like: when my heart surges, it's romantic. For me that includes people and what people will do, along with animals and the natural world around me. Oh, yes, I can definitely "fall in love" with a beautiful sunrise.

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  7. I love that definition of romance. I was having trouble putting my definition into words... it would have started with "a deep, caring friendship" and ended with your definition. Perfect. That's how I would define romance.

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