What is Romance?

My name is Jillian Chantal and I’ll be the fox that blogs here on Tuesdays. I live in Pensacola, Florida and write what I like to call Romantic adventures with an international flair. I love to travel and I like to use foreign places in my stories. The actual act of traveling is not too romantic (I mean, who likes dashing through airports?) but the places you can visit are so full of surprises and new experiences that who could fail to be charmed?

In my own life, the traditional trappings of romance are not all that common. My spouse is a quiet, reserved man. He’s not a flowers/chocolate/candlelight kind of guy. I do sometimes wish he was.  He’s not big on the words of love, either. The ways he shows his love is checking the oil and tire pressure of my car before I leave to drive on a trip, making sure there’s firewood in easy reach for me, throwing a load of wash in the washer, unloading the dishwasher and calling for take out or cooking when I’m tired. Sometimes he even brings me a candy bar when he goes to the grocery store. These are all his ways to show he cares. If I sometimes wish he was more of a traditional romantic, I remember that I can write those kind of guys and that’s quite good enough for me.

The most romantic thing in my life this last week was the marriage of the spouse’s great niece to her fiance. This young woman is only 24 but she already has been a mother to several foster children in her home. She’s hopefully going to be allowed to adopt two of them, ages 12 and 10.  They are natural brothers and she adores them and I know this new little family will have a wonderful, dream come true life.


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The author of these blog posts is a lawyer by day and fiction writer by night.
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20 Responses to What is Romance?

  1. danicaavet says:

    That’s wonderful! What a sweet person! It takes a lot of love, courage, and patience to open your home to children and she’s doing that at such a young age. That’s so admirable!


  2. KAK says:

    Aw, huge congrats to the niece-in-law, and ditto what Danica said. Here’s to hoping all of her family dreams come true!


  3. Lynn Rush says:

    Great post, Jillian. You know, I LOVE it when my hubby brings me home a treat. Makes me smile that he was thinking of me like that 🙂 Thanks. Have a great day.


  4. Daisy Harris says:

    My favorite is when my husband taken the kids up to his parents house for a night and I get the house to myself! It’s not exactly a small thing, I suppose. It’s a big thing- but it makes a huge difference to me. Plus, his parents love the time with the children.

    Great post!



  5. jeff7salter says:

    “Can you see my toes, mom?”
    Love it!
    Well, I suppose most every woman has a ‘bar’ she sets which gauges the romantic aptitude of her husband/boyfriend.
    Let’s see: I take out the trash without being reminded, put down the toilet seat after (uh, you know), feed all three of the critters SHE brought into our household over my protests, and I even pour boiled water into her tea pot if I’m up before her.
    By some definitions, that makes me the most romantic guy in KY. LOL.
    Of course, the flip side is that most guys have a notion of where the ‘bar’ is set in gauging the romantic aptitude of his wife/girlfriend. But that will have to be another blog column entirely, because most guys’ actual view of ‘romance’ is considerably different than what I interpret to be most womens’ views.
    As a matter of fact, I predict we five bloggers will bat this topic around quite a bit over the next few months.
    Enjoyed the column today, Jillian.


    • Of course the kids that asked about the toes were boy children!! You DO sound like the most romantic man in Ky- by my standards anyway. LOL!

      Yes, I bet we WILL debate this topic for quite some time- you’re a brave man to be the lone hound dog here! Glad you enjoyed the post.


  6. Laurie Ryan says:

    Congrats on the new blog being up and running, Jillian (and congrats also to the other four foxes and the one hound). This sounds like it will be a fun place to visit. 🙂 Your great niece and her new husband look very good together. Cute and handsome. It’s like straight out of a Harlequin novel. 🙂 Have fun with your inaugural week!


  7. Lavada Dee says:

    Great blog Jillian. I just bookmarked it. I have a great guy that does his share and a lot of time more but what I’ve been enjoying lately are his out of this world smoothies.

    I love the name of your blog. Laurie filled me in on it. From the comments I’d say you are all off to a flying start. Wishing you the best.


  8. jeff7salter says:

    As I remembered the process, it was a committee of the whole which arrived at the name. But, hey, I’m the elder here, so my memory is allowed some faults.


    • well, I have what I call ‘half’-heimers as I’m too young for ‘all’-heimers – so, I could be mis-remembering! LOL! I DO believe you came up with the hound part! But if you want to give us all credit, we’ll take it.


      • jeff7salter says:

        Well, it was rapid-fire exchanges among all five of us with people responding to one group mssg. while another group mssg. was bring written by one or more others.
        We’d need a forensic e-mail examiner to render a professional opinion. I remember arriving at ‘hound-dog’ but don’t recall who produced the word ‘foxes’.
        Let’s just say our name evolved. And since we’re soon to become one of the most popular blogs in cyberspace, we’d better get our story straight.
        And then stick to it…


  9. I love that optimism there, mister! LOL!


  10. Darlene says:

    Great post. It is good to have a guy around to deal with all those menial things and especially one that will grocery shop for you; however, the candlelight and roses guy now and then can be a very good thing too. The wedding looked beautiful. Thanks for sharing pictures here and there.


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