♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥Even though I have been happily divorced since April of 2002, there are obviously still some things I miss by not being in a relationship - companionship, physical contact (get your mind out of the gutter, I meant HUGS!), and especially romance come to mind. When I see a couple walking down the road holding hands or witness someone sharing a special smile and look, it gives me some pangs upside the heart that makes me really wish I had someone special in my life.
It isn't the big, bold gestures that make me think of romance - flowers and candlelight are not required (though certainly they wouldn't be scoffed at!) for there to be romance. One of my fondest memories is of a weekend spent at a cabin outside of Lake Tahoe with the guy who I would truly say was the love of my life. We spent the weekend engaged in such ordinary activities as playing card games and backgammon, target shooting, looking at the night sky, and mainly just talking to each other. With no radio, no telephone, no TV we had only each other for company and it was perfect - absolutely perfect.
That was over 20 years ago but I can remember it like it was yesterday and small things will still remind me of that long ago weekend - the smell of pine trees, looking up at a crystal clear night sky where the stars seem close enough to reach out and touch, or sometimes even just the mention of Lake Tahoe will bring the memories flooding back. It was truly the most romantic weekend ever and there wasn't a single rose in sight though there was a fireplace!
These days it seems if I want romance, I have to get it vicariously through movies or by reading romance novels. Anyone who read my "Dark and Story Meme" entry from last Monday could probably tell I've read one or two! I love a good romance story just like I love a good romance in real life - if that makes me a sentimental sap then so be it but nothing makes me happier than a happy ending. Maybe one of these days I'll have one of my own; in the meantime, I'll keep reading about them!