This one shouldn’t have stymied me, but it did. While I love all the traditional elements of ‘romance’—candles, firelight, flowers, chocolate, wine—I don’t have a single idea that constitutes a ‘romantic date.’
So I thought about it and decided that I couldn’t come up with one idea because romance is very specific to not only the couple, but the time in their lives. One of the most romantic things my husband did for me recently was to break off from our New Year’s traveling party and wait in line with me so that I could ride the Ferris Wheel on the Santa Monica pier. The romance of the experience had less to do with the ocean, the setting sun, and the sense of childish fun and wonder (although those things certainly helped) than it had to do with the fact that my husband was only marginally interested, but he made the arrangements for me and then thoroughly enjoyed himself once we got up there. (And lest you think this is one sided, the whole reason we were in LA with his brother & family was to see the Rose Bowl parade and game—which is something he’s wanted to do all his life.)
But what we are really talking about here is Valentine’s Day, right?
Over the years we’ve done fancy dinners, pizza & a movie and quiet dinners-at-home. We once headed to my home city Philadelphia and had cheese steaks while watching it snow. (Very romantic, if you are from Philly). For this year, we’ve discussed several options and haven’t hit on anything that sparkles for either of us. Unless you count the free ice sculpture carving demonstration that will be happening on Saturday the 13th in Central Park here in NYC—that is so on our must-do list. For actual Valentine’s day, we’ll probably end up home. Which is more than OK with me, because ultimately the most romantic thing in the world is the privilege of spending time with the guy I love who, miraculously, loves me back. And is somehow after knowing each other for nearly 20 years and being together about 17, still interested in the same stories I’ve told over, and over, and over….
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