I read the last few words and closed the book. Gemma-Rose sighed. She’d thoroughly enjoyed Anne of the Island.

“Anne married Gilbert after all. I’m so glad,” she said.

“What was wrong with Roy Gardner?” I asked.

“Well… he wasn’t  very interesting. He didn’t have a sense of humour.”

“But he was poetic!” said Sophie. “And he gave Anne lots of beautiful flowers.”

I asked the girls if they’d prefer romance or a sense of humour.

“A sense of humour! Dad’s very funny. You are too which is just as well. Can you imagine if you didn’t find Dad funny?”

“I guess I’d find him annoying,” I agreed.

Romantic or interesting and funny? I guess my husband’s interestingly funny. I do sometimes long for romance though…

The other evening Andy was searching the bookshelves. “Have you any books of poetry?”

“Poetry? Why?”

“I thought I’d read you a poem.”

I was a bit bemused but I suggested some poems and settled down to listen.

Andy found a romantic poem, one full of lofty and flowery words. He read it beautifully and then he looked at me. “Did you understand any of that?” I confessed I hadn’t. “I have no idea what that meant either,” he said. “I’ll try another.” The second was no better.

“I know!” Andy exclaimed at last. “I remember a poem: The Pied Piper of Hamelin. I’ll read that to you.” All went well. It wasn’t particularly romantic but we understood every word. 

After the hundredth verse I remembered it was a very long poem. “Perhaps that’s enough for one night,” I suggested. “Why don’t we make some tea and find some chocolate and you can tell me about your day… and you can tell me some funny and interesting stories.”

Later I thanked Andy: “It was really lovely of you to read me some poems. It was very romantic.”

Romantic? Didn’t I say Andy wasn’t particularly romantic? I want to change my mind. A romantic person expresses their love in a visible manner... it's not all about flowers and poems. It's about doing whatever it takes to make someone happy.

Flowers and poems? Or interestingly funny conversations, sharing and listening and caring? Wouldn’t you also rather have a Gilbert Blythe than a Roy Gardiner?
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  1. Men can be romantic as well as funny.

    I remember years ago it was suggested we should go somewhere expensive to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary; so I drove to the petrol station!

    God bless.

    1. Victor,

      Our petrol is very expensive too! Perhaps you should have walked to the nearest restaurant and left the car at home. It would have been much cheaper and much more romantic!

      God bless!

  2. That's a lovely story, Sue, and very romantic:-)

    Isn't it funny when women get appliances as presents?! It's not romantic but, sometimes, it's just what's wanted. Or, maybe, it IS romantic if it's what was wanted? Oh dear, I'm starting to sound muddled! Obviously, I'm not an expert on romance:-/

    BTW, it sounds as if your anniversary is turning into a week long celebration:-)

    God bless:-)

    1. Vicky,

      I often expect Andy to know just what I'd like as a present without me giving him any hints. Poor man! This year Andy found the perfect anniversary gift all on his own, without being reminded and he bought it a week early! It was a leather bag and I love it. Andy was very relieved he'd done so well. Appliances? I once wanted a Sunbeam Mixmaster and I was very pleased when Andy took me to the shop to buy one.

      I actually wrote most of this post a few weeks ago. I stumbled across it yesterday when I was looking for something else. I wondered why I didn't finish it, I added an ending and voila! An instant anniversary week story.

      God bless you!

  3. I loved this. I also love romance, but I would take a sense of humor over romance any day!

    1. Amy Caroline,

      I do love unexpected flowers really. But what touches my heart more is a husband trying to give me romance because he thinks it will make me happy! A sense of humour could be one of the essentials of a happy marriage. There are so many times when laughter saves the day.

      Thank you for your comment!

  4. I still blame fairy tales for unrealistic expectations when it comes to romance ;D

    1. Angela,

      I know what you mean. We grow up thinking we are going to live happily ever after and marriage isn't like that at all. I still let my girls read fairy tales though. I like how beauty and goodness always triumphs over evil. I also think they get enough exposure to the realities of life. They know fairy tales are just fairy tales and it's good for all of us to escape and dream every now and then.

      Thank you for stopping by!

  5. I would choose Gilbert Blythe over Roy Gardner any day, and I am still happily married to mine after 27 years. Humour and steadfastness beats romance in real life ;)

    1. Uglemor,

      Yes! Romance might be attractive but for a marriage to last, humour and steadfastness certainly help. I love finding people who have been married a similar time to us. We are all very blessed!

      May God bless you and your husband.


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