“You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear” – Unknown

Nothing is more special than a romance. Mario Puzo described Michael Corleone as being “hit by the thunderbolt” when he first laid is eyes on Apollonia. There’s neither rhyme nor reason—it’s romantic love.  Interestingly, there is no other word in the Merriam Webster dictionary that adequately describes love– affection, attachment, devotedness, devotion, fondness, passion. There are countless poems and songs that describe love, but simply put, love is love.

The real question is how do you keep romantic love? Hopeless souls that try to contain it lose it. It can’t be caged. Those who guard against it with protective shields kill it.  Make it a game and you mock it. When two people fall in love, they are engulfed by waves of hope and dreams. Each moment is precious and filled with harmony. The future is bright!

Then why do things sometimes change?  Do the realities of day-to-day responsibilities tarnish the golden aura of love? It doesn’t have to be this way. Living life in crescendo with romance means appreciating and nurturing the dreams of your partner, while still pursuing your own dreams. I know one couple from childhood who couldn’t be more different. Therese is a firecracker liberal and Ph. D. who founded a graduate program in early childhood special education at a local college. Kent is a conservative, consummate musician with a Masters in Performance Music who plays gigs at night and teaches piano by day. On paper they couldn’t be more different other than they both love to laugh. Therese is the only girl that Kent has ever kissed or dated. They have been together for fifty years, since freshman year high school. Therese still cheers Kent on when she can attend one of his gigs. Kent adores Therese, even when she’s away for weeks on an educational mission to Africa. Each lives his and her life in crescendo, but together they maintain a romance in crescendo as well.

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