I have a confession to make…
While I write romance, my dear husband and I are probably the least romantic couple on the planet! Valentine’s Day is usually a blip on the calendar. We might go out to eat, but never on the holiday. Who wants to face those crowds and long lines? When my husband reads my books, he’ll often stare at me and ask, where do these ideas come from? I just shrug.
Maybe our marriage isn’t one of flowers, chocolate, romantic evenings out, mystery dates, or vacations to secluded islands, all those romantic elements that make readers swoon—to be honest, those things just aren’t us—rather we have our own ideas of what’s romantic. Here are some of our favorites:
- Watching the sunrise over Lake Superior. Neither of us are morning people, but when visiting the North Shore of Lake Superior, one of the highlights is getting up early to watch the sunrise. Every day God paints a brand new picture, a gift just for us! And to watch God’s paintbrush in action, alongside my husband of thirty years, is a gift!
- Taking in a Minnesota Twins baseball game. One of the things that brought us together 30+ years ago was our love for the game of baseball. The year we got married, our beloved Twins won the World Series, and we had tickets to the games! So for us, baseball and romance will forever be linked together.
- Spending quiet time at home, just the two of us. This still doesn’t happen very often, so when it does, we are very appreciative! Our idea of romance on those quiet evenings might just be watching a movie together—probably a Marvel movie!—but that’s us.
- Going to Disney World! Other couples want to go to France or Hawaii or a Caribbean Island, but we’re in love with Disney World. The place is magical and fun and happy and we never tire of it. For our 25th Anniversary, we were fortunate to get a room at Animal Kingdom Lodge where exotic animals were just beyond our patio! Trips to Disney are a rare occurrence–we’re planning a family trip for 2020!–so when we do go, it’s always special.
- And I’d be remiss if I left out one of my husband’s most romantic gestures ever. He comes from a family who hates cats, but I grew up on a farm where we were surrounded with cats, and I loved them all. Early in our marriage, he took me on a mystery date that ended up at the Humane Society where he told me to pick out a kitty. Pepper ended up picking us out. She was this teeny-tiny tortoiseshell-colored kitten, all alone in a cage, who meowed as I walked past. If she hadn’t meowed, I never would have noticed her. So, I took her out of her cage, and she curled up in my hand as if she belonged there, and she fit perfectly! Pepper was with us for fourteen years, reminding me every day of his gift. Now we have a calico named Kisses, who we chose from the Humane Society the day after our anniversary. :)
What are your most memorable romantic moments?
Romantic reads perfect for Valentine’s Day!