Remember when you first fell in love. Sometimes it's just a crystal clear moment of seeing someone across a bustling room. At a restaurant. At a bar. At someone's holiday party. Eyes locking onto each other. The rest of the world . . . melting away. Silence.
With Valentine's Day fast approaching . . . I've been thinking about love these last few days. And the things that make love last. The little things. Like the way my heart begins to race a little bit when we see each other across a room.
Like we did the first time we met in a crowded restaurant. Making sure that my shirt was tucked in properly. Glancing in a mirror to make sure my hair looked right. And then looking up - across the room - and 'wow.' I think one of the keys to keeping a relationship bright and vibrant is remembering 'that look.' And the way it made you tingle. Keeping a close connection to that first spark of love.
And keeping this idea in mind, let's talk about our homes. Remember when you first moved in? Walking through those empty, echoing rooms? Your imagination spinning with ideas. Making plans. Mentally playing with paint colours. Putting down newspaper to represent the layout of the furniture. Imagining all the parties. The Sunday mornings reading the paper on the sofa. A cup of tea before bedtime.
I hope we're able to 'keep that love alive' when we're talking about our homes as well. Maybe we could even set an arbitrary date on the calendar when we celebrate the love we have for the space we live in. Because we all know that you and the house have fights at times. I've been know to go to bed - angry with my bedroom. So, though it may not be perfect (few relationships are!) - let's remember to love our homes. Keeping that first spark of romance alive.
So take a good look at your house. Tell it that you love it. Buy it some flowers every now and then to let it know. And seriously, what house out there doesn't like to get a new set of window treatments every now and then . . .
Trust me. When you look lovingly at your house . . . it will return both your gaze and your affection.