Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Valentine's Day and this Romance Writer

Valentine's Day has always been special to me.  When I was a little girl, my dad didn't say much or express emotion easily.  But on Valentine's Day he sent me and my mom flowers and put a flowery card with each one.  Every year I felt special on that day.  My husband has also always made the day special--from dinner out to something pretty in a little box.  But even more special is the week before Valentine's Day.  After our son was born, I had the "baby blues."  What helped most were the little notes and surprises my husband left for me to find each day.  He has kept up the tradition for forty-one years.

My history with Valentine's Day laid the groundwork for how I feel about romance, and relationships, and happily-ever-after.  Hope in the ideal, hope for the best, hope that love can heal and conquer all really does make my world go round.

Of course, I'm realistic.  Anyone who knows me recognizes my pragnatism.  I don't see the world through rose-colored glasses.  But I do recognize the precious moments when my son comes home from across the country, when my BFF's daughter gives me a hug, when my husband and I celebrate our anniversary, when we find a kitten in our bakcyard on my parents' anniversary.  I look for the beautiful, the honest, the balms and the balance.

And I write romance to keep the ideal alive, to bring escape, and to give hope that truly loving relationships can heal.

Karen's Romance website


Kathleen O'Brien said...

"I look for the beautiful, the honest, the balms and the balance."

Karen, that is a beautiful line. I think I'm going to print it out, tape it to my desk, and try to live by it.

Thank you for such a gentle, beautifully expressed reminder.

KRS said...

Kathleen--thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful Valentine's Day.