NOVEL APPROACH TO ROMANCE THE GIFT OF A BOOK WILL PUT LOVE INTO WORDS.Byline: STEVE YOUNG
WE'RE one day away from Valentine's Day Valentine's Day: see Saint Valentine's Day.
Lovers' holiday celebrated on February 14, the feast day of St. Valentine, one of two 3rd-century Roman martyrs of the same name. St. , folks. They'll tell you it's a couples holiday, about the relationship between a man and woman. And it is - if a man wants to keep his relationship with his woman, he'd better come up with something big. February 14 is about as much a man's holiday as Mother's Day is.
But take heart, guys. Valentine's Day can go - apologies to those fighting for the ``marriage is only between a man and a woman'' amendment - both ways.
First, you have to understand that it's about love - you know, the word women use in place of ``sex.'' Men struggle with expressing it as if the mere utterance would dissolve us into a pink and frilly frill
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2. netherworld never again to receive a bar stool bar stool n → Barhocker m down at Moe's. Remember that love deals with passion. Something a person would go to war for. Something men understand. Have you ever tried to stand between a guy and a TV on Super Bowl Sunday?
However, to make the ``love'' word palatable, you have to understand the very import of words. And if I might be permitted a bit of contrivance in this clumsy segue, what better way is there to show your love than in a gift of words. Not only in a card - but a book.
Oh, you'll still have to hunt for that perfect Hallmark card that says all things you'd like to say, but if you did you would sound like, well, a Hallmark card. She wouldn't believe it if you spoke those words anyway.
(Warning here: Never buy one of those ``funny'' cards for Valentine's Day. Trust me. A woman wants to tear up to rip up; to remove from a fixed state by violence; as, to tear up a floor; to tear up the foundation of government or order s>.
See also: Tear reading her card - from being touched, not ribbed. A sense of humor Noun 1. sense of humor - the trait of appreciating (and being able to express) the humorous; "she didn't appreciate my humor"; "you can't survive in the army without a sense of humor"
sense of humour, humor, humour is near the top of the list for holding on to a lady. Just not on this day.)
A book says much more than a card. About 300 pages more, which will make it last way longer than flowers or chocolate (which she'll end up blaming you for the weight she'll gain and you'll end up eating anyway). It's hard to explain, but it's much more convincing to attach your sentiment to Ernest Hemingway Noun 1. Ernest Hemingway - an American writer of fiction who won the Nobel prize for literature in 1954 (1899-1961)
Hemingway than to Susan Polis Shutz.
A card transforms the moment. A book transforms the reader. A card can say ``I Love You.'' A book can show what love means.
A card is a short-lived thought. A book, a long-term investment, one that lingers on way past Valentine's Day.
Even if she's a speed reader, a book doesn't get boxed in Adj. 1. boxed in - enclosed in or as if in a box; "boxed cigars"; "a confining boxed-in space"; "felt boxed in by the traffic"
enclosed - closed in or surrounded or included within; "an enclosed porch"; "an enclosed yard"; "the enclosed check that old trunk in the garage that won't get opened again until she's sitting on the bed reading it after you're long gone. A good book remains on the bedroom shelf reminding her of your charm and affection. It doesn't even have to be a romantic book, because all good books See how to find a good computer book. have heart.
A card says what you might want to say. A book says who you are. It doesn't even have to be about you. Believe me, she'll make the connection.
Give her ``A Knight in Shining Armor'' by Jude Defraud To make a Misrepresentation of an existing material fact, knowing it to be false or making it recklessly without regard to whether it is true or false, intending for someone to rely on the misrepresentation and under circumstances in which such person does rely on it to his or , and you'll always be that to her. Any book with the word ``Titanic'' in it will make you her DiCaprio.
There's something about a guy willing to die to show his love that turns a woman every which way. ``The Private World of the Duke and Duchess
The Duke and Duchess of Boxford are people featured in the Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends TV Series. of Windsor'' by Hugo Vickers is a book about a guy who was willing to give up his throne for a woman. It's almost as good as sacrificing your life for love.
Oh, there is one more thing. Embarrassment. Nothing says ``I love you'' more than the pure willingness to embarrass oneself publicly in the display of love. You know that obnoxious commercial where the guy stands in a Roman square and scares the heck out of the pigeons by screaming, ``I love this woman!'' To make it worse, in the next commercial the guy even pays to bring her parents over to re-state his wedding vows. Now I'm not asking you to be as stupid as to bring your in-laws on a romantic vacation with you, but there is another, easier humiliation.
The kids down at Ivy Academia Charter School in Woodland Hills needed to fill the empty shelves in their new library. Without the money to buy books, they made February ``I Love Reading Month.'' Parents (including men parents) were asked to go through their homes and garages to dig out to depart; to leave, esp. hastily; decamp.
See also: Dig books and tapes, then donate them to the school's library. Here's the kicker Kicker
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The ability to trade a bond or other debt instrument in for stock may entice investors, if they feel the stock will appreciate. : Parents have to dress in book character costume and come to the school to read their donated books to their children's class.
I'm not saying that you should read the book to your best girl. You could, but you'll probably just fall asleep by the second paragraph. What I'm suggesting is that you dress up in a character found in the book you give her.
A little too much? Perhaps. But it works like a charm. When I proposed to my wife, dressed as William Shakespeare, I gave her a copy of ``Romeo and Juliet'' with an engagement ring hidden inside.
To be honest, since it was at a costume party A costume party (American English) or a fancy dress party (British English), mainly in contemporary Western culture, is a type of party where guests dress up in a costume. , most people ignored me. Still, my wife thinks it was the most romantic thing she's ever seen. My kids are probably sick of hearing the story, but my wife doesn't seem tired of telling it.
It really doesn't have to be all that difficult. If you give her a book by Mark Twain, dress up like Tom Sawyer. Something by John Grisham “Grisham” redirects here. For other uses, see Grisham (disambiguation).
John Ray Grisham (born February 8, 1955) is a former politician, retired attorney, American novelist and author best known for his works of modern legal drama. : a lawyer. ``Gone With The Wind,'' a bloodied and defeated Confederate soldier. ``Harry Potter,'' Harry Potter. Not a big effort, really. Those Potter glasses are a dime a dozen after Halloween.
Too much of an effort? If your wife or girlfriend doesn't think you're the most adorable a·dor·a·ble
1. Delightful, lovable, and charming: an adorable set of twins.
2. Worthy of adoration. man who ever lived, she probably was already making plans to leave you. As an extra benefit, the gift of a book is a great example to our children of how deeply important reading can be.
And if that isn't a great gift for any parent, male or female, then you just want to just spend Valentine's Day at Moe's - alone.
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