Who decided that champagne and long-stem roses are the epitome of romance? I don't know about you, but neither of those make my heart skip a beat. Most likely, the things that make your heart melt aren't "romantic" at all. That's because love is rarely made from those polished, sweep-you-off-your-feet moments. Love is simpler than that.
Here are are 11 unromantic things that show how much he loves you:
1. He makes chores fun
Anyone can make the romance ooze on a date filled with a helicopter ride to a mountaintop where a candlelit dinner waits. But real love is making a trip to the grocery store just as special and extravagant.
2. He cleans up your vomit
Let's be honest: there's nothing romantic about barfing. But there's also nothing more tender than being willing to care for a sick spouse, especially when things get messy.
3. There's never an awkward silence
It's so romantic to have someone you can talk the night away with and get lost with as the conversation seamlessly twists and turns. However, sometimes we forget the pleasure of being with someone we don't have to fill the quiet void with. When it's love, there's silence, but never awkward silence.
4. He sees your weaknesses
It might seem romantic for your partner to wear rose-colored glasses that blind him from your imperfections. But, choosing to be with you in spite of your "deal-breakers" - because he believes you're worth it - is the epitome of love.
5. He loves you when it's hard
When you're at your worst, when you aren't being nice to him - or anyone - he sees your brokenness as all the more reason to give you his love. He puts his arms around you to support you both physically and emotionally. He loves you when you need it, not when it's easy.
6. He sees you put toothpaste on your zits
Getting all dolled up for him is one version of romance, but nothing says "love" like being so free that you don't have any reservations letting him see the exposed, raw version of yourself.
7. He tells you when he's mad
We like to imagine love as a world of sunshine and daisies, and never having to apologize. No matter what anyone says, this definition of love is impractical. Love isn't hiding negative emotions to preserve a storybook life. The epitome of love is the freedom to tell someone how you feel because you trust your partner with your dark pieces and you believe a healthy relationship is worth building.
Instead of telling you how wonderful you are all the time, when a man really loves you, he's willing to give you honest (but tactful) criticism.
10. He lets you do what you love
Always needing to be with each other is a distorted version of romance. Your man shows you he loves you by encouraging you to be your own person.
11. He values your opinion
Even if you don't love all the same things or you don't see eye-to-eye on certain topics, he believes your feelings are valid. (He might even choose to do something he doesn't like with you just to make you happy.)