This short "Romantic Memo" contains thoughts, observations, research and ideas about Keeping RomanceAlive  in relationships.


“We’re not supposed to go there!”

“Maybe. But I think you’ll like it.”

“But the sign says . . .”

“It says ‘Caution, steep drop off’. Nothing about keep out.”

“Looks a bit dangerous.”

Sharon went through the gate and Caleb followed behind, uncertain of what to expect. The trail looped left then disappeared around a boulder.

Caleb didn’t notice Sharon moving ahead very cautiously, challenging her own anxieties about this adventure.

The trail seemed to disappear as they carefully continued around another boulder, wandering past manzanita and sagebrush. The path became little more than a rabbit trail.

Rounding a larger boulder, Caleb abruptly stopped.

A stream ran down a gentle slope into a very secluded pool of clear water. Sharon, who’d been about 5 meters in front of him, watched and grinned. He hadn’t expected this. What a romantic setting.

They took off their shoes and dangled feet in the water. The warm sun, gentle breeze and peaceful, easy feeling of the place brought a closeness to their afternoon.

Romance is not about always being comfortable and predictable. Doing a Romantic Interlude beyond the conventional champagne-and-candlelight-dinner, something unexpected, can heighten the moment together.

By creating an dodgy Romantic Interlude, you:

  • Catch your sweetheart off guard,
  • Remind your sweetheart that life with you is still an adventure,
  • Create a memorable moment together.

Such an Interlude also communicates that you’re not common and your romance is not ordinary.

If your sweetheart prefers to be romanced with time together, when your sweetheart knows you can be trusted, even when you are outside the path followed by the “moo-baa”, the unexpected Romantic Interlude – actually the unexpected Romantic Adventure can strengthen the relationship.

A lazy afternoon together, quiet conversation in a secluded setting for just the two of them – Caleb was smitten.


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