Caught in the Web

 Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue

 

by Laura Emery, Field Editor 

 

It is found around every corner, on every street — in the gentle touch of the couple holding hands on a bench, in the nervous chatter between a young girl and boy, in the way a normally stern countenance can light up at the sight of a newfound love, and in the way the couple walking in front of you laugh and giggle with each other, clinging arm in arm.

It lies at the very core of the human existence — the ever-poignant, oftentimes confusing emotion that we call love.

This irrepressible emotion is never more apparent than on Feb. 14. Valentine’s Day is synonymous with love, with sinfully delectable chocolates, with rose bouquets, with romantic candlelight dinners. It’s the perfect time to show your loved one just how much he or she means to you.

Perhaps you never considered turning to your computer for advice on romantic gestures, but ideas to strengthen or develop your love can be found with just a few clicks of the mouse.

Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue

A good love poem can serve as a pick-me-up or even as an inspiration. However, statistics show that when it comes to writing love poems, many men run the other way. Poetry doesn’t have to be a painful pouring-out of the heart and soul. With a little help, anyone can put together a tear-jerking or smile-stimulating song or poem. For tips, techniques, and ready-to-use material with which to express your love and affection to someone special in your life, The Love and Romance Homepage (www.electpress.com/loveandromance) is the place to go. Here, you’ll find a mountain of romantic information and poetic direction that will help you communicate your innermost feelings.

Heart of the Matter

Valentine’s Day isn’t just for lovers; it’s also an ideal time to celebrate the love between child and parent, between grandchild and grandparent. Although it is quick and easy to use store-bought items for Valentine’s Day, there’s something unequivocally heartwarming about giving a handmade token of affection.

Valentine’s Day is also a fun holiday for the little ones. From decorating treats to fun photo shoots, be sure and include your children. At www.ontobaby.com/2013/01/photography-tips-kids-valentines-day-photo-shoot, you can unleash your inner photographer with a fun themed photo shoot — and have fun with your kids at the same time. Or settle for fun, kid-friendly treats and arts-and-crafts at www.parentsconnect.com/parenting-your-kids/valentines-day-ideas.

Express your love with handmade Valentine’s crafts and decorations. Martha Stewart’s website has an entire section on lovely Valentine’s Day craft projects. Check it out at www.marthastewart.com/274866/ valentines-day-crafts/@center/276967/valentines-day.

Lovely Foods

They say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. A variety of perfect Valentine’s Day recipes can be found at Angie’s Holiday Favorites (www.angiesrealm.com/valentines_day/recipes). There are assorted recipes in the following categories: romantic Valentine’s Day appetizers, breakfasts, Valentine’s Day desserts, ideas for romantic dinners, Valentine’s Day cake recipes, candies, Valentine’s cookie recipes and Valentine’s Day pie recipes. How about a delectable red velvet chocolate cake or some meringue Valentine’s Day kisses to make the day sweeter?

Romantic Gestures

Whether you are newlyweds or have children or grandchildren, it’s still important to maintain the romance in your relationship. Dumb Little Man.com (www.dumblittleman.com/2008/01/50-ways-to-be-romantic.html) has a list of romantic gestures that you might not have thought about. The list offers creative ways to make time to spend with your significant other with gestures that are fun and inexpensive.

For even more fresh ideas for a romantic Valentine’s Day date, check out www.drlauraberman.com for 100 Valentine’s Day date ideas.

As Barbara De Angelis once said, “Love is a force more formidable than any other. It is invisible — it cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession could.”

And Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to commemorate that special bond between you and the one you love.

 

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