noun: a feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love

a quality or feeling of mystery, excitement, and remoteness from everyday life

a medieval tale dealing with a hero of chivalry

verb: court; woo

another term for romanticize

Um…Yes, PLEASE! Romantic love is appealing on so many levels. I experienced it in my late teens. And then married the man I fell in love with, in my early twenties. Over the past thirty years the romance has waxed and waned. What is the draw? Why is it so appealing? How is it that romance keeps us coming back for more? (Because when it’s good, it is really, really good…that’s why!)

Romantic love often leads to commitment. Commitment often leads to family. Family is the opposite of “mystery, excitement, and remoteness from everyday life”. It IS everyday life. Love becomes more virtuous, less sexy. It is another version of the multi-faceted love. Unconditional. A deeper, binding love. It is more mature, more forgiving, more all encompassing.

But no matter how old the woman in me is, there is still this teenage girl inside longing for feelings of excitement and mystery. Romance. It is in those moments that I realize those qualities of medieval tales, of heroes and chivalry that do exist in the everyday. I have to look for them, but they are present where love knows no barriers and is still full of hope, even after all these years. I love romance and I love that I keep finding it with the same person decade after decade. I am excited about love and romance and I kind of like that about myself.

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”

Maya Angelou

I hope you had a wonderful Valentines Day.

And as February is the month for love, I pray you keep finding it…in exciting and mysterious ways! xo

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