As I begin writing this, I can feel more than half of the people of my generation roll their eyes and smirk! Come on, we are the “Netflix and Chill” millennials! The only reason we would call someone “dear” or “darling”, would be because we cannot remember their names, right? Well, I beg to differ! When you do find someone who genuinely loves you with all their heart and with all their soul, respects you, and takes care of you, the modern day quickie-romance will sound dreary!
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I want an old fashioned love. I want the kind of love where we spend our dusks together, talking about everything from Rumi and Gibran, to how we love our pancakes warm. I want us to take long walks holding hands, humming tunes of the past. I want us to be in a room, doing our own thing and catching ourselves staring at each other and smiling! I know, I know, I sound silly, but what is love if not crazy and illogical!
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I want an old fashioned love. I don’t want to slip into an expensive dress suit, nor do I imagine you to throw one on yourself! Do we really need to go to some fancy bistro and order a gourmet meal? Isn’t it more romantic if we cook dinner together, go for maybe a ‘couple dancing course’, or sip on our beloved wine, watching “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” enveloped in a blanket that smells like us?!
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I want an old fashioned love. I want a love that is different. I want us to design things together, so that everything around our home (as opposed to house!) jogs our memory to the time we spent together creating these things. I want them to remind us of each other, and make us yearn for one another some more. I want you to kiss me good night, and feel my lips on yours the first thing every morning. I want us to start throwing popcorn at each other while watching our favourite T.V. series. I want us to have the time of our lives!
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I want an old-fashioned love. I want you to run with me along the beach, falling exhausted on the hot sand, and lying there sun-kissed for hours, listening to the waves gently caressing the coast. I want us to gaze at the night sky glittering with a million stars.
I want an old-fashioned love. I want us to take things slow, and not take a plunge, moving at the speed of lightning! I want to know who you are from what you tell me and what you do around me, rather than stalking you on your social media accounts. I want to talk to you about life, about love, about emotions, about why we hide them from the people we love the most, about ridiculous things that make us happy, and about dreadful things that keep us awake in the middle of the night.
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More than all this, I want you to mean it when you tell me you love me. I want you to be honest about everything. I don’t want stupid games people play in the name of love; I think I am too smart for that. I want flowers if you have picked them for me, I want a surprise trip if you think it will help us grow as a couple, I want these romantic things, but the point is I don’t need them. What I do need is to know that you will be there when I am not feeling good, that you will surprise me with a care package because I am not too well, and that you will put in effort to make this work.
I want to know that you are not only prepared to love but also receive the love I want to give you. I want someone who agrees with me on loving like our grandparents did; someone who understands as I do that they got love right!
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