Every 4-5 years, my husband goes all out in the romance department. One year it was a surprise anniversary trip to the place where we spent the first night of our honeymoon. One time he bought me a complete outfit (undergarments and accessories included) then arranged for a facial before taking me out to a nice dinner. On a couple of occasions, he’s cooked a romantic meal from scratch.
Last Sunday, for Valentine’s Day, I was treated to a romantic dinner at home involving much secrecy between my husband and his three co-conspirators. He did the menu planning, the shopping, and kept everything hidden until the big reveal. Being a bold man, he even tried all new recipes hand-selected from the Internet.
And it wasn’t just food, it was an entire experience. First, my boys needed transportation to a flag football game with our church, so that got me out of the house. Then when we got home, I was told to close my eyes and my youngest son led me by hand to my bedroom where I could change into something more appropriate to the evening than the sweats I had worn to the football game. While in my room, I found several roses placed strategically about. The one on the nightstand was the first to catch my eye, but the one tucked into my toothbrush holder made me laugh with delight.
Next, my husband came to collect me and led me to the dimly lit kitchen where soft music was playing and candles lit the table. One doesn’t normally have children tagging along during romantic dinners, but these weren’t just your average, run-of-the-mill children. No, these were slightly-trained wait staff.
My sons were instructed to wear collared shirts, which is a form of severe torture, I am given to understand. They submitted out of love, wearing pants and collars but they both kept their feet bare! My daughter put her artistic talents to work in decorating the plates. The appetizer consisted of chocolate covered strawberries and berry brochette made with raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and slivered almonds on French bread toast with cream cheese.
The second course was a mozzarella pasta salad. Third was grilled chicken breast topped with bacon (there was supposed to be a sauce but there were a few issues that kept that from making it to the plate) with a side of grilled summer squash, broccoli with spicy cheese sauce, and cheesy garlic flatbread. All served on our fancy china with crystal glasses.
After three courses, we were all so full, we decided to take a break before dessert. During this break, my husband and children did all the dishes. Yes, I have proof!
Then we watched half a movie before taking intermission for that romantic dessert classic – banana splits! Mine is the one in front. Yummm!
So, is romance alive in America? Absolutely! And I love it!
- What are your favorite romantic gestures?
- Have you ever been surprised for Valentine’s Day?
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