The two of us love watching the Hallmark Channel and when we do, we like to sit close together to enjoy one of their movies. Although the features are somewhat predictable, we still appreciate relief from all the violence and disruption in today’s world by watching a story with a happy ending.
I refuse to go to any theater where a violent movie is being featured. There is enough terror in real life without having to pay to watch this on the silver screen. (How often do we pick a movie only to have the 3-4 previews turn out to be just the kind of movies we are trying to avoid? This occurs all the time.) Sexy Grandpa teases me because my #1 film choice is often a ‘chick flick’; the truth be told, he’s quite the romantic and sheds a tear or two when the ending brings the actors lovingly together. We have fun together forecasting how a Hallmark movie will conclude and we are usually right.
The other day, I got to thinking about my husband’s romantic side and quickly realized how often it shows up or is expressed. Maybe the Hallmark movies are ‘rubbing off’ on him? Maybe, he’s just been romantic all along and I’m becoming more aware? Whatever the reason, I’m so grateful that Sexy Grandpa shows his softer side, is willing to be vulnerable and doesn’t let the macho man mystique override his gentle, loving nature.
Here are some examples: Leaving notes for me happens quite often. The other day, I baked one of his favorite recipes – banana bread. This particular one was a thank you gift for a neighbor. Anticipating that he’d take a slice when I wasn’t watching, I put the following note nearby: “Don’t even think about it!” Well, the note got replaced with “I did!” Maybe to you this doesn’t fit into the romantic category. For me, I smiled and knew that my initial note caused my husband to smile as well. Additionally, while I’m not really paying attention, Sexy Grandpa told me he loves to watch me undress and that alone ‘turns him on’. While, most women don’t consider themselves sexy changing clothes, I’m grateful to have a man who thinks that way! (I’ve even added spice every now and then when I sense he’s looking my way. Hey, why wouldn’t I knowing now how that makes him feel?)
Another example is something that gets verbalized daily. Sexy Grandpa will tell me – maybe when we’re watching TV or just getting cuddled in bed – “Have I told you today how much I love you?” Imagine hearing this every day? Can you imagine how romantic I feel hearing this wonderful and loving message? I make it a habit to exchange his question with mine: “If tomorrow never comes, do you know how much I love you?”
Being romantic with one another even after all these years continues to be an integral part of our intimate relationship. Whether it’s writing a note, gazing loving when the other is unsuspecting or not letting a day go by without expressing love, having Sexy Grandpa as my romantic partner is a treasured gift. I feel his heart and he feels mine. In our world, romance is alive and well. And, may it continue forever!
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