What is Romantic? An e-mail Exchange

by Greg and Priscilla Hunt

 

Greg and Priscilla Hunt are speaking at the Better Marriages Conference: Educating Couples, Building Relationships July 11-14, 2013 in Raleigh, NC.

 

From: Greg  
To: Priscilla
Sent: 1/9/2012 7:15:29 PM
Subject: Romance

Pris, with Valentine’s Day just around the corner I was thinking about romance and wondering, what does being romantic mean to you?

 

From: Priscilla
To: Greg
Sent: 1/9/2012 7:25:04 PM
Subject: RE: Romance

Romantic to me is anything that makes me feel loved, feel special. . . feel cherished. It’s really anything that causes me to feel more connected to you.

 

From: Greg
To: Priscilla
Sent: 1/9/2012 7:30:44 PM
Subject: RE: Romance

This last weekend was romantic to me. We woke up on Friday, suddenly realized we had a rare, free weekend, and conspired to go out of town together to a small town in south Louisiana we’d both heard a lot about. We had fun searching the internet to find a bed and breakfast inn. We worked in the kitchen together to make a to-go lunch to eat in the car. We chose music for the ride that we both enjoyed. We ended up in a historic, old village with a lot of character, settled into our B&B and then relaxed over an elegant dinner. We focused our dinner conversation on our relationship and what we love about each other. Later, we walked to a local hangout to listen to Cajun Zydeco music. Saturday continued the theme of relaxed conversation, walking hand in hand, enjoying the sights and sounds of the region, and generally feeling pampered. Everything was unhurried, warm, and intimate.

 

From: Priscilla
To: Greg
Sent: 1/9/2012 7:42:23 PM
Subject: RE: Romance

Yes – it included several elements we both value but don’t always incorporate into our daily life together: creativity, spontaneity, candlelight dinner, playfulness, gettin’ the heck out of Dodge!

You know, I love it when you open the car door for me – I feel just like I did when we were first dating. And you still do it! And I love it when I walk into a crowded room and your eyes light up when you see me. And when I overhear you bragging about me to someone else. These things make me want to break my glass slipper running into your arms, my knight in shining armor!

 

From: Greg
To: Priscilla
Sent: 1/9/2012 7:45:19 PM
Subject: RE: Romance

I love making you feel special, and I love all the ways you make me feel special, too. My heart still races to see the joy in your eyes when I get home or to feel you take my hand in yours. There’s romance in something as simple as the smile on your face and the lightness in your voice this morning when you said, “We’ve got an evening together at home tonight. Let’s make the most of it!”

 

From: Priscilla
To: Greg
Sent: 1/9/2012 7:51:18 PM
Subject: RE: Romance

And we did! We’ve been so busy lately and I think we both were thrilled to be able to experience a quiet evening at home. It was fun to change into our jeans, throw some steaks on the grill, use a marriage enrichment exercise to guide our dinner conversation and snuggle on the sofa to watch a movie. What could have been an ordinary evening felt like an adventure because we threw ourselves into it and experienced it together!

 

From: Greg
To: Priscilla
Sent: 1/9/2012 7:57:37 PM
Subject: RE: Romance

I love that even after 35 years together, we’re resisting the temptation to put our relationship on autopilot! And I love that even though I know you better than anyone else in the world, you’re still a mystery to me that I get to explore!

 

From: Priscilla
To: Greg
Sent: 1/9/2012 8:05:18 PM
Subject: RE: Romance

Let the exploration begin!

 

 

 

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