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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Love is in the Little Things - Jamie

When people think of romance, they tend to think of the big romantic gestures.
Lloyd Dobler standing outside of Diane Court's window holding up a boom box. 
Jack sacrificing his life for Rose's as the Titanic went down. 
Johnny Castle declaring that "Nobody puts Baby in a corner."
Edward Lewis climbing the fire escape to Vivian Ward's apartment.

Before I met my husband, I always dreamed of one day finding someone who would fill my life with these grand moments. Thankfully, life doesn't always give us what we ask for. My guy is not one for saying things that melt my heart or surprising me with fancy nights out. Over the last 20 years I have realized he gives me something that is much more important, a life full of little moments.

He has no qualms about doing the laundry, the dishes or taking care of me when I'm sick. He tolerates my crazy ideas when I get the urge to do some project around the house or when I want to travel to one place or another for a writer's conference. He talks to me - really talks, and he really listens to me when I have something to say. He provides amazing support when I need it and he makes celebrating a special event more special simply by being a part of it.

There are two moments I can think of that would seem unimportant to a lot of people, but are the most memorable to me. The first was the night I met him. At the end of the evening he walked me to my car and kissed me on the cheek. I think that was when I fell in love with him. The other moment was one year when we were Christmas shopping, wandering through the toy department at Target, and he just took my hand and held it as we walked down the aisle. 

I'm not saying those romantic gestures aren't wonderful - they are - but in the long run it's those little things that make my heart sing.

I'd love to hear about a moment - big or small - from a movie, book or show that makes your heart skip a beat. 

Hope you all have a Happy Valentine's Day! 


  1. Jamie, that's so sweet! Lenny is such a great guy. I have tons of movie moments that melt my heart, but sticking with real life, Wayne brought me carnations when he picked me up for our first date. I loved it. :)

    1. Thanks Stacey. No wonder you ended up with Wayne, it's hard to resist those sweet touches, isn't it?

    2. Yes. They're fewer and farther in between these days, but sometimes just sharing a laugh is enough. We do a pretty good job keeping those plentiful. :)

  2. My husband is great with the little things. He'll bring home a box of chocolate covered cherries, just because he knows I love them. He's out of town a lot, and always sends me e-mails just to tell me he loves me, thinks I'm a wonderful wife or what a lucky guy he is. I'm pretty lucky that way.

    1. That's fantastic, Delia. Guys like that are certainly keepers. Glad he knows how lucky he is.

    2. Delia, that's a good man. LOL Makes up for some of the crazy things he does, right?

  3. Jamie,

    Your observations about your hubby don't surprise me since I've heard so many great things about him.

    May your love story continue with many little moments.

    Happy Valentine's Day to you also.

  4. Thank you, Casey! Miss seeing you. Hope to have a chance to catch up soon!

  5. Jamie, I'm sorry to respond so late to your beautiful post! You and Lenny really are such a special couple. Unfortunately, Paul isn't much for gestures of affection. But then. neither am I, so it works out...LOL

    For me, two of my favorite books come to mind. Honor's Splendour by Julie Garwood, where the heroine warms the hero's feet on her belly after he's been left out in the frigid cold, shoeless, to freeze to death. And A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught, where the hero is willing to die after the heroine begs him not to hurt her family. "He's out there dying for you!" *sigh*