Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Chivalry Is Not Dead

You know how sometimes reading novels that are even remotely romantic leave you feeling a little sour, like, "Oh sure. I bet there are just TONS of guys out there that would rather stay up all night watching their beloved sleep than actually roll over and fall asleep too." This applies to romantic movies, too. I've noticed in romantic comedies, the heroine is often neurotic and controlling, but these qualities are portrayed as being endearing and quirky. Whereas in real life, most guys would watch a chick spaz out about, say, the difference between tap and bottled water, and then head for the hills on the next vehicle that comes by.

Um, ANYways, my point was that a few days ago I was driving behind this older couple in a van, and when we stopped at a light, the guy reached across to the woman and took her hand in his, very tenderly. Then he kissed the back of it, like a medieval courtier, before cradling it against his face until the light turned and he had to drive again.

Sweetest. Thing. Ever. Men, take note! Not only will this smooth move win your girl's heart at least temporarily, it will also cause women in other vehicles to sigh and swoon over your chivalry.

12 comments:

Chelle said...

Ha! Fifth date, I would bet money on it. Give him a year and then see how often he plays the romance card. On that note, when did I become so damn cynical?

LoriD said...

That is so sweet. I like to see older couples who still hold hands and take care of each other.

Mommy Daisy said...

Aww! It's like watching couples who have been married for many years still hold hands all the time. So sweet.

(Also, I should forward this blog post to my husband. Ha! No really, he's pretty sweet already.)

Jess said...

Awww. I totally have grand plans of being that couple, way down the road.

d e v a n said...

Aww. So sweet!

Tess said...

Aww. Thanks for writing about this, so it was not LOST TO THE WORLD!

I get a SERIOUS case of the Sours when I read barfy books or see barfy movies. The Twilight books, at times, made me downright ANGRY. Like, WHY are we teaching preteens that THIS is what it's like!? Bah.

But then, this. Lovely.

Jana said...

Awww...this is so sweet. Thanks for sharing - it really made my day!

Anonymous said...

With age comes wisdom

Good Enough Mom said...

Do you think that sweetness comes back after the kids leave home? At this phase of life, my husband could say/do the sweetest thing ever and, well, I probably would barely notice...or would get annoyed...

Jen @ Rolling Through Looneyville said...

So sweet! It kind of makes me sad that this is so rare. I think that the craziness of life sometimes makes romance take a back burner.

Which is sad.

And you know, I really think that it should start our way, too... Our husbands would probably appreciate it too.

However, I have three kids crawling on me all day long. It's hard to think of being sweet.

Maybe this could be my jumpstart?

By the way, I like seeing a guy brush hair out of their significant other's face. Sweet :)

Shelly said...

I LOVE old couples like that! I had an old couple come into my office one day and the gentleman helped his wife fill out her paperwork. They had been married for, like, 30 years or so. I wanted to put them in my pocket and take them home. They were adorable!

Katy said...

My husband would totally kiss my hand at a stop light, but he'd also fall asleep right in the middle of an important conversation because we're having it in bed. I think it's a draw.