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Topic: Write in the ROMANCE genre (04/19/07)
- TITLE: He's not Jene Kelly
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This blue jean kind of guy’s father was light on his feet after dancing lessons with Jene Kelly in the Johnstown, Pennsylvania studio. Then there is my husband; light on his feet? I don’t think so, but wasn’t one of the qualities I was searching for. I was looking more for,” light-hearted.” Just seeing him walk across campus, my world felt more secure and happy. I whispered in my heart, “My love.” I knew I had won his heart and he certainly won mine.
When he says, “Let’s turn the lights down low and act like we’re not home,” I know we’re going to sit, cuddle and hold each other for a while. Romance is when my husband still sucks his stomach in to impress me, making his stride like Mr. Atlas on display. I love it, that he still cares what I think of him.
I still pick up after him, and when I begin to resent it I ask myself the question, what if I didn’t have him to pick up after. Taking his clothes to the hamper, unloading the door knobs he has always used for hangers, I thank the Lord for having a man that loves the Lord and I smile. I have introduced him to hangers several times, but he still hasn’t caught on.
Did I always feel this way about picking up after him? No, but with maturity and desire to keep this pot of gold, I purposed in my heart to truly romance him, love him and even protect him from defeat.
A true romance is one mate thinking of the other more than him or her self. After years of practice, I don’t always get it right. Selfishness creeps in like a snake slithering in beside us, hissing, telling us how we must be unsatisfied with how we look, with what we own; needing a better home, car, or latest gadgets like just shown on TV.
Romance is looking at each other daily remembering what you saw that first time, and playing it back continually, smiling at the thoughts of you two growing old together listening to the oldies.
Romance is letting the other win at scrabble when eyesight’s not so good or pushing the love of your life around in a wheel chair, because you don’t trust anyone else to do it as well as you.
But most of all, romance is your mate willing to give up the remote to watch a chick flick movie with you, even if Monday night sports are on the other channel. Then the greatest tickle in your heart, is after many years of marriage, when you see tears fall down your husband face after watching that chick flick movie, because it reminds him of the love he has for you! And it just happens to be an old “Jene Kelly movie!”
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