National Romance Week was established in 1995 by Michael Webb. Set the second full week in August, it’s six moth opposite to Valentine’s Day is by design because Webb intended this week to celebrate romance by focusing on people & relationships — spending time and attention, not money on “things” &/or events, like going out to fancy dinners.
Webb, who does sell romance on his websites, says, “Real romance comes from the heart, not the wallet” — but he does offer free tips, including a free 101 Romantic Ideas ebook to those who subscribe to his free newsletters. So, if you’re stuck for “things to do that show you care,” you can get the generic commonsense tips & give ’em a try.
In this economy, who couldn’t use a reminder that love & romance & need not have a price tag?
My advice, however, is to begin by doing as Web says and focus on the person in your life and think about what pleases him or her specifically. You know, those wishes & requests they make everyday…
From “more sex” to “pick up your socks,” from saying “yes” to the request for a back massage to saying “no” to another invite to dinner during an already busy week, from “put the toilet seat down” to picking the kids up (from the mall, soccer practice, etc.), from letting her have the remote to not acting so remote…
Huh, maybe I should write 101 tips book. *wink*
And I’d be thrilled if my boyfriend picked up the pile of clothes next to his side of the bed…that would certainly be a reminder of love and romance to me! :-)
I wish my husband would empty out the three laundry baskets of clean laundry, putting the clothes away — now I’ve only got one laundry basket to use! Empty laundry baskets may not seem romantic, but they are to me ;)