There’s a powerful and wonderful thing that happens each time two people block out the distractions of the world and give each other their full, undivided attention. Whether it’s a date night, a coffee with a good friend or time with your child, full focus isn’t just a means of respecting one another; it’s love in action.
And when love is present, life becomes slower, lighter and easier to manage, wouldn’t you agree?
It’s been more than 10 years since I said ‘I do’ to my partner and co-parent, Marc. Through the years we’ve given each other many tokens of our affection—books, cards, flowers—but no gift has been more meaningful and significant than our presence.
This is why our regular date night has been such a mainstay in our marriage. Saturday night is our chance to put away our smartphones, leave the kids with a sitter, and head out for some ‘us time.’ We have date nights with our kids, too, when we we’ll each take out one daughter for some incredibly relished one-on-one time. They love it. We love it. Let’s face it; quality time is like sunshine to any relationship.
So, this Valentine’s Day, rethink the trip to the mall, the floral shop and the jewelry boutique and instead shower your sweetie with your full focus and utterly undistracted presence. It doesn’t have to be a fancy dinner out; a park picnic or lattes at your favorite coffee shop will absolutely do. Gold tarnishes, flowers fade but love is self-perpetuating. This year, give love.
About this Guest Blogger
Kristen Manieri is the founder and editor of Orlando Date Night Guide, a website with hundreds of suggestions for couple time. A prolific food and travel writer, she has published more than 100 articles in magazines such as Orlando Magazine, Edible Orlando and WHERE Orlando. She lives in the Orlando area with her husband and two daughters.