Welcome to Romance Awareness Month. That’s right August is the month to be aware of all things romantic. I wasn’t even aware I was unaware and certainly was most unaware that I had a whole month on which to focus on romantic awareness. But the Huffington Post is all over it, so it must be proper.
There is no clue as to the origins of the month -though dating sites use it to conduct surveys and gather data – from eHarmony comes the astounding statistic that 96 percent of people agree romance is important and 53 percent think a relationship is doomed without it.
Days of the Year dispenses some sage advice and tips to keep the romance flowing! They note that “being romantic can be difficult for some, and for others perhaps they have too much expectations as to what “romance” really means. It doesn’t have to be about extravagant gifts or expensive meals, flowers or chocolate. In fact, the most simple things can foster a healthy relationship”. And what’s more, they then offer 10 very sweet habits to get the romance flowing, including “make trust and forgiveness a default mode” “focus more on what your partner does right vs. what they do wrong”
and even “be proud to be seen with your partner”.
Over at rival National Day Calendar there’s more wise counsel… “sometimes it is the little things that really make a big difference, such as holding a hand, rubbing a shoulder, a flower, dinner, a song, a note, watching a movie together” And here’s their additional words of wisdom…”Romance Awareness Month is also a great time to catch up on some reading with the wide selection of romance novels that are available”.
This is fine by me as I am a Mills& Boon Addict with many thousands of titles secreted around the home. I can definitely feel a Mills&Boon blog coming on – so many fun facts, so many titles, so many heroes and heroines albeit with really only one plot for all of them.
Despite the learned guidance above, when I think of romance I think of hearts and pink and roses – which is why I love these beautiful roses and orange blossom foliage in a plain white wrap with twine and a fabulous card of peach and pink and gold for a bit of bling. We pay a fair bit for beautiful greeting cards – in this case letterpress and foiled from Elum Designs – that we really should let them do the heavy lifting (as well as frame them afterwards!) Romance all wrapped up.