Romance is never dead
By Matt Prince
With Valentine’s Day upon us once again, I feel the
pressure to be somewhat romantic come Feb. 14.
But what is romance? How does a guy successfully pull off
being considered romantic?
While some people are only taken by luxurious gifts and extravagant
surprises, others may enjoy the small and simple things. I’ll
admit, there have been many times when I’ve just tried
I can recall trying to romantically carry my girlfriend up
the stairs, but instead smacking her head against the wall,
almost sending both of us tumbling. Or the time I set my bedroom
up with one too many candles only to have the smoke alarm screaming
just as my charm was paying off.
It becomes a part of a guy’s manhood to be romantic,
just like being able to fix stuff and never asking for directions.
Naturally there are always roses, chocolates and a card, but
be on guard: if you try to pull this off at the last minute
by going to the corner store before you pick up your date,
it could come back to haunt you. I tried this simple plan one
year and I still get hassled for it.
First of all, learn the crazy rose color code in flower shops
because knowing not to give your girlfriend a rose that means
you’re just good friends, is key.
And if the store is all out of Valentine’s Day cards
don’t try to colour a heart over the “Happy Birthday” text
of the card because you’ll also need a good story as
to why there are pictures of presents and cakes.
My girlfriend tells me that true romance simply comes from
the heart. “Be original, be creative” she says,
but unfortunately for me it usually involves something way
off track. I mean, to me, a Saturday night hockey game with
a case of beer and a bucket of chicken is damn romantic, but
not everyone feels the same.
However, if you are lucky and have an understanding girlfriend
like I do, the next time you try to be Mr. Romance and it goes
terribly awry, she’ll sigh and say, “Well, I guess
it’s the thought that counts.”