Today, Rob and I have been married for 3 1/2 years. And what a trip it has been! But this post isn’t about how much I love my dear hubby. It’s about how you can show your special someone how much you love him or her.
If your sweetheart is hard to shop for (like mine), you’ve spent the last month agonizing over which Valentine’s gift is perfect. Which gift, home-made or store-bought, is going to show your spouse you really love him? It’s hard to find the perfect gift.
This year, Dumb Little Man was ahead of things and posted “50 Very Simple Ways to Be Romantic” at the beginning of the year. Being the hopeless romantic that I am, I printed it off, made notes in my Moleskine, and gleaned more than just a few ideas from this list to let Rob know I’m in love with him. Number 47 caught my eye.
Create a small website or blog dedicated to your partner. Write a short love message each day for a month…or forever.
Yep, I did it. I started a blog called simply linden loves rob and began posting at least once every day. Then I started thinking about modifications and wrote about those/thought about them in my journal. Then I got so excited about what I was by then calling my Love Notes blog that I had to share with someone (if you didn’t already know this, I am absolutely awful about keeping surprises from the person who is supposed to be surprised because I get so excited I just want to share it with them). So I told Beth. And she thought it was a good idea and asked if she could steal it (sorry, Beth, if James reads my blog too…). And then I realized that I wanted to tell everyone about it and get more feedback and ideas (because I haven’t told Rob yet–it will be our 4-year anniversary gift–and he doesn’t read my blog).
- Start Every Post the Same Way. There are some very famous examples of the powerfulness of parallel or repetitive language. Use the same stylistic tool to make an impact. Some examples: “I love you because…” “I fall in love with you all over again whenever you…” “I know we’re perfect for each other when…”
- Celebrate Memorable Days. Remember the day you went on your first date? The first time you at Chinese as a married couple? The first time you slept in your very own home? On the anniversary of those days, your post could be something like “On this days five years ago, we went on our first date.”
- Use Famous Love Notes. Maybe your significant other really likes U2, Shakespeare, or, who knows, Dave Barry. Find lyrics, sonnet lines, or quips that express your love and use those. My hubby is a music lover: He listens to many different types of music and loves hearing new bands, old bands, and favorites. So I’ve designated the “-5 days” as my “music days.” (Get it? M-U-S-I-C has five letters….) On the 5th, 15th, and 25th, my posts will consists of lyrics that describe our relationship. You don’t have to pick a certain day of the month, though; You could just post the famous love notes when you come across them. For example, “Today I heard this song and it realized how perfectly it described our love. [Insert lyrics here.]”
Those are the ideas swirling in my pensieve–will you comment and let me know what you think or if you have any improvements or suggestions?