Have you seen the movie “Ghost” starring the then-hunky Patrick Swayze and cute Demi Moore? The classic ‘pottery scene’ from the movie consistently ranks among the most romantic scenes in many a Hollywood poll. It’s the middle of the night and Demi Moore is making pottery because she’s having trouble sleeping. In comes our hero, topless, and sits behind her. Together they squish the wet clay into a shapeless mass and very quickly the clay is forgotten, and, um … you get the drift.
So, um, pottery making is interesting – obviously. Not every man can be Patrick Swayze, and neither can every woman be Demi Moore. But the point is, having any kind of hobby that a person can share with their partner is great. And oodles of unadulterated fun. It gives the couple an opportunity to spend some quality time together without worrying about the prosaic things of everyday life.
If you’re scratching your head to come up with something you both might like, here are a few pointers for adopting a new and interesting hobby:
1. Scrapbooking: This is an interesting and creative way of preserving your memories you’ve made as a couple in the form of a scrapbook – be it photographs, news articles you both love, your first date movie tickets, the tickets to the disastrous play that you both endured for the other’s sake on your fourth date, or the Bryan Adams concert tickets where you both got drenched thoroughly in the unexpected rain!
Unlike a regular picture album, you can insert captions and descriptions to the pictures, add lots of doodle and glitter to decorate the book, or stickers to make it look fun!
2. Cooking/Baking: Trying out new recipes from different cuisines with exotic ingredients can be very relaxing – especially if done with a sous chef in tow. The best part about cooking together is that you get to have fun with your partner and at the same time, try something different than your regular repast.
If you’d rather bake something small, then there are a lot of easy baking recipes available. Have dinner out and come home for the dessert! Yum!
3. Reading: Traversing the Middle Earth with Frodo and his hobbit friends of the Shire or helping Harry vanquish the evil Lord Voldemort will seem like a whole different experience if done together.
Take up reading your favorite books by your favorite authors, and read them aloud to each other in your leisure time. Sooo romantic! Sigh!
PS: This can be your chance to get your partner to read that book that you’ve always wanted them to read, but couldn’t make ‘em! Heh!
4. Candle-Making: Melting wax, adding color, molding it, and decorating the candle can be super fun. You can get any type of mold and add different scents like lavender, rosemary, and orange blossom to make scented candles.
And the cool thing about this particular hobby is that you can use the candles that you make to have a candlelit romantic dinner with your beloved! It’ll give you an added high that you guys made those beautiful scented candles all by yourselves!
5. Writing: Written words are an expression of one’s thoughts and ideas; they’re eternal. Writing provides you and your partner with an outlet to express those most intimate thoughts that you couldn’t or wouldn’t vocalize to each other.
They may be short love-notes or lengthy declarations of love, or even something mundane that you’ve always wanted to tell your partner but hadn’t.
6. Working Out: Hitting the gym not only allows you to spend some time with your partner – productively, but also keeps you both fit.
If you’re not too keen on sweating it out with your partner in an enclosed – sometimes, claustrophobic – space, take long walks or go jogging at a nearby park. It’s not heavy on your purse/wallet and lets you enjoy the great outdoors.
Which hobby or pastime do you enjoy doing most with your partner? Tell us in the comments.