Romance in Real Life: The Low Key Romantic Gestures No One Talks About

Growing up watching strictly romantic comedies, I was obsessed with grand romantic gestures. I was under the impression that in order for a relationship to truly be deemed successful, it had to be filled with flowers and poems and massive declarations of love. Before I even knew what romance was, I had already defined it and put it in this small little box, certain that once I’d experienced romcom level love, I would be happy. Having now been in a relationship for the better part of a decade, I can confidently say that romance doesn’t always manifest in the ways we expect. There’s no one size fits all for how to show your partner you care, and just like each and every one of our personalities is unique, the way we express love is as well.