From time to time, people – strangers, usually – comment about the relationship between Char and I. I remember walking downtown once, hand in hand with Char, and a security guard called out from quite a distance away. “You two… you’ve got something. You’re in love. I mean, it’s the real thing. I’ve been watching you guys. There’s something different about the two of you… don’t ever lose it!”
That wasn’t the first time, nor was it the last time we heard something like that. It’s true – we are deeply and passionately in love. But while loving your spouse is (or at least should be) natural and easy… marriage itself is always something you must work at – daily! And it’s the working at it that will create the sparks that everyone notices. Anyone can have this kind of marriage – it’s a choice!
It really comes down to one thing… your spouse should be your best friend. Be yourself with your spouse (have you readers watched our shameless videos on this site?), play with your spouse (just click on our competition posts on this site!), love and respect your spouse, etc.
In light of this, Char and I decided it would be funny (and hopefully helpful) to write a few Traveling Twosome “While at Home” posts on… How to Be Romantic. We hope you laugh, we hope you enjoy it – but most of all, we hope you grow in your own marriages! So on to Part 1 of what might turn out to be an endless and irregularly published series…
One thing Char and I love to do is have a date night IN. As much as we enjoy going out on the town or taking a getaway trip, our date nights at home can be just as amazing! It helps to invest a little time and money in making your home a retreat. An outdoor goldfish pond, a hot tub, a pool table, and a ping pong table are just some of the things we’ve done to create our at-home oasis. And if you’re creative, you can have this without breaking the bank!
The Melting Pot is a great fondue restaurant… but it can be expensive! We love fondue, however, so we regularly hold fondue dates at home… and outdo The Melting Pot, if I may say so myself. And what’s more… we do it for just a few bucks. This post on How To Be Romantic features pictures and video clips from one of our fondue date nights at home – January 22, 2010.
How to Be Romantic
Part 1: Fondue Date Nights IN
Step 1: Prepare the meal together
Rather than having one spouse do all the work while the other watches “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes” on the tube while waiting, why not prepare the meal together? You’d be surprised how much fun you can have just slicing and dicing foods. If cooking isn’t your thing, think of it as a chance to play with knives.
The end result is worth it! Here is a video of our spread once the fondue meal was all set up and waiting for us to enjoy. Oh, by the way, you’ll notice in the video we say Gluten Free. This entire meal is gluten free… even the bread! So if you have intolerance / allergy to gluten, this meal can still be enjoyed!
Step 2: Visually and vocally show your excitement
If food is good then by all means show it. This is a video of Louis doing the “Louis Morning Time Celebration Dance” complete with Elvis movement (Elvis had to be somewhere in this post, didn’t he?). The dance was brought on by the sheer delight of eating good food. Char and I… we love to eat well.
And by the way, I shamelessly publish this video on The Traveling Twosome. But that means I get to publish a video of a “Char Jiggy Dance” in the near future as well. What’s good for the goose…..
Step 3: Be yourself – even if it means goofiness!
Being the best friend of your spouse means both of you being YOURSELVES… and loving each other anyway! In this video, Louis does his best Johnny Hartman impersonation – completely breaking the romantic mood… but having fun anyway!
By the way, if you want romantic music… there is simply NOTHING better than Johnny Hartman. When you leave this website, go to iTunes and download everything that man ever sang. He receives our highest recommendation.
Step 4: Read Poetry to Each Other
Char and I love poetry. And there’s nothing quite like reading it to each other. Of course, your spouse might just roll on the floor laughing when you read it like Char nearly did in this clip. But if that happens, just roll with some Barry Manilow imitations like I did (watch the video if you dare).
Speaking of Barry Manilow, does he know you raided his wardrobe this morning? If you know where that sentence comes from, comment to this post. Just for fun!
Step 5: Imitate a Cajun
Nothing spells romance like Imitating a cajun. Ok – I don’t honestly know how to fit this video in to our 5 Steps to Romance, but the video was just too funny not to include. Hope you enjoy it!
By the way, if you want or need a translation of my Cajun speech, we’ll be glad to comply. Just send $2 and a self addressed stamped envelope to The Traveling Twosome….
LOL – Just kidding
We hope this post has made you laugh… but more importantly, we hope it makes you love your spouse… and show it.
Until next time, enjoy yourselves…
The Traveling Twosome