|May 7, 1983|
This year is one of several major landmarks in my personal life. In addition to having celebrated twenty-nine years of marriage (this month), my husband will soon be turning fifty, and our sons will be eighteen and twenty one. Where has all the time gone? It's a bittersweet question. And while Sourcebooks is kicking off the Discover a New Love campaign, I have decided to spend some time here reflecting on two "Old" ones that are still going strong.
About a year ago, I did a blog post on "how" people fall in love, discussing in great detail the mysterious chemical reactions that occur in the body when we are first attracted to someone. But how is it possible to sustain these romantic feelings for years on end? In my experience, Happy Ever After just doesn't happen on its own. It takes considerable effort and commitment- especially to keep passion alive and thriving.
Ten years ago I was an exhausted mother working full time and raising young boys, with little time or energy left over for the extracurricular activities that a healthy marriage requires. Then one day, while waiting for a doctor's appointment, I picked up someone's discarded historical romance novel. While I used to devour Barbara Cartland and Georgette Heyer in my middle teens, I hadn't read a historical romance for almost twenty years. Still, with the dearth of reading material available, I opened the book. It was a title by Teresa Medeiros, an author I hadn't even heard of. I began reading and the novel left the office in my purse.
After that I began seeking out other books by Ms. Medeiros, and then other historical romance authors. Before long I found I was addicted. Reading romances not only afforded me a welcome and badly needed escape but also seemed to flip a switch in my brain that rekindled the desire to experience the same romance, intimacy, and passion of these paperback heroines. My husband could not have been happier!
And now, here I am a decade later endeavoring to give another generation of women the same indulgent pleasure that I experience when lost in the pages of a great romance. I only hope their marriages benefit as much as mine has!
Wishing you all your own Happy Every After,