“I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach.” ~Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Love flourishes during frequent pleasurable activities. Dating provides a time to express feelings for each other and times to enjoy the silence of togetherness. There are numerous choices for romantic dating.
A date could be as simple as spending an evening reminiscing together through pages of a book of remembrance with photos and stories – stories stir romantic memories of the lovers' beginnings. “Memory is a way of holding on to the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.” "The Wonder Years.” Author unknown
Attending a concert for a date night stirs hearts when the couple listens passionately to classical music. Aaron Copland said, “To stop the flow of music would be like stopping the flow of time...It enhances our minds, imaginations and emotions…” Music enhances love and creates a memory.
Surrender to a call of the waves. Create playfulness in a fun-loving activity such as going to the beach: swimming, laughing, and splashing in the ocean all add variety to a date.
Traditional dining at favorite restaurants adds spice and a pleasant place to converse with each other and chat about the food while sharing the tantalizing dishes.
Remaining silent while viewing the golden sunset preserves the romance of a couple and makes a date seem magical. “Silence is the speech of love…” Richard Henry Stoddard.
Talking, listening, dreaming together while leisurely walking amongst a garden of roses makes a perfectly romantic date. “Listening is a magnetic force—When we really listen—there is an alternating current, and this recharges us so that we never get tired of each other. “ Brenda Ueland. “Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.” James Dean
Relationships thrive through an occasional escape from the drudgery of life especially when it comes unexpectedly – when it’s a surprise. Lisa had an idea of how to have an extended romantic date.
Jon and Lisa lived in Everett Washington near Seattle. It was their 12th wedding anniversary. She had baked cookies and hired a babysitter. She packed a suitcase, called Jon and asked if he could leave work early. He sauntered out to the car with his suit jacket flung over his shoulder and looking tired. She was driving – they headed north on the freeway. Lisa began chattering, “Guess what happened today?”
Jon interrupted, “Get over, he said. You’re going to miss the exit.” She kept talking and sailed past it.
“Sorry,” Lisa had responded – keeping a straight face. “We can get off the second exit.” She changed to the middle lane and continued talking. “Anyway,” She said, referring to their son, “Scot came home from school late and…”
“Get in the next lane,” Jon cried out. There was a lot of traffic. Lisa looked over her shoulder then flew past the second exit. Jon exclaimed, “If you miss one more exit we’re going to end up in Vancouver. ”She did miss one more exit, and they ended up in Vancouver, Canada, drove to Holiday Inn, went to dinner, road the tram up Grouse Mountain. They held hands, kissed and admired the view. They did a lot of talking and enjoyed the weekend away from the pressures of life. Lisa had successfully kidnapped her husband. It was a romantic getaway.
Jelean was raised in a small farming community with her nine brothers and sisters. She is an accomplished author. She enjoys creating scrapbooks for her grandchildren when they turn 12. Jelean writes about religion, personal and family experiences. She has been married for 51 years and has five children and 19 grandchildren.