A while ago, I think on my birthday, somebody gave me the The New York Times Book of Essential Knowledge. I opened the book at random and the first entry I laid my eyes on-and I swear this is true-was the definition of Romance. It begins: “Literary form containing characters that seem removed from the real world by fantasy or improbability.”
The New York Times didn’t get it entirely wrong, but they were close.
The source of this word is Latin, meaning “appears in imagination.” Romance, therefore, originates in a dream. It is the possibility, the “what if”, the “maybe this will work” of Love. In short, Romance gives love style.
I’ll give you some examples.
Love is the smile. Romance is laughter. Love is saying “goodbye.” Romance says “until we meet again.” Love speaks Romance whispers. Love is a hug. Romance is an embrace. Love is a dozen roses. Romance is the arrangement. Love is an apology. Romance is the amends. Love is sympathy. Romance is empathy. Love is commitment. Romance is passion. Love is Music. Romance is their favorite song.
Love is the birds in the trees. Romance is the seed in their birdhouse. Love is the Sun. Romance is the rays on your face. Love is the beautiful blue sky. Romance is the drift of the clouds. Love is the wind. Romance is the breeze.
Love is sweeping the floor. Romance is twirling the broom. Love makes the coffee. Romance fills the cup. Love washes the dishes. Romance sees your reflection in the wine glass. Love lifts. Romance carries.
Love is the bed. Romance is the blanket. Love buys the presents. Romance wraps them with ribbon. Love looks at the moon. Romance is the moonlight. Love celebrates. Romance parties.
Love is laughing at a joke your friend told. Romance is laughing at it the fifth time they told it. Love is the old friend who knows your every move. Romance is the old friend that never gets tired of the same old moves.
Love is calling your parents. Romance is listening to them share their stories. Love is visiting the sick. Romance is holding their hand. Love encourages them to good health. Romance helps them laugh away the pain. Love is caring. Romance is carefree.
Love loves you even as we age. Romance knows how great you look with grey hair. Love is wearing your favorite colors. Romance is wearing them every day. Love is wine. Romance is champagne.
Love is your heart. Romance is your soul.
Love is Life. Romance is Living.