By Jeff Salter
We’re blogging this week about “most romantic…”
Monday, on Iris’ blog, I mentioned – briefly and rather casually – what first came to my mind at this prompt. In the three days since, I have not thought of anything else which typifies romance any more than the photo I mentioned.
When my daughter was still engaged, somebody snapped a photo of Julie and her fiancé.
They’re standing very close and hugging, of course … and my daughter’s hand is flat against Jack’s chest. Right about where his heart would be.
This is not the candid outdoor picture I recall – which we could not locate – but it’s a later studio version of a very similar pose.
I’ve since seen a very similar pose in many young loving couples. There’s a sense of intimacy, of course, but it also seems to settle the issue: “He’s mine.”
Whenever I see that photo, I have to smile because it seems so romantic to me.
One of my colleagues added to my recollection that my daughter is clearly “the holder of his heart.”
I like that expression. It seems to capture the essence of romantic love: for each to hold the other’s heart. “He/she is all mine.”
What about you? What scene or image represents the most romantic thing you’ve witnessed?
About Jeff Salter
Currently writing romantic comedy, screwball comedy, and romantic suspense. Fourteen completed novels and four completed novellas.
Working with three royalty publishers: Clean Reads, Dingbat Publishing, & TouchPoint Press/Romance.
"Cowboy Out of Time" -- Apr. 2019 ///
"Double Down Trouble" -- June 2018 ///
"Not Easy Being Android" -- Feb. 2018 ///
"Size Matters" -- Oct. 2016 ///
"The Duchess of Earl" -- Jul. 2016 ///
"Stuck on Cloud Eight" -- Nov. 2015 ///
"Pleased to Meet Me" (novella) -- Oct. 2015 ///
"One Simple Favor" (novella) -- May 2015 ///
"The Ghostess & MISTER Muir" -- Oct. 2014 ///
"Scratching the Seven-Month Itch" -- Sept. 2014 ///
"Hid Wounded Reb" -- Aug. 2014 ///
"Don't Bet On It" (novella) -- April 2014 ///
"Curing the Uncommon Man-Cold -- Dec. 2013 ///
"Echo Taps" (novella) -- June 2013 ///
"Called To Arms Again" -- (a tribute to the greatest generation) -- May 2013 ///
"Rescued By That New Guy in Town" -- Oct. 2012 ///
"The Overnighter's Secrets" -- May 2012 ///
Co-authored two non-fiction books about librarianship (with a royalty publisher), a chapter in another book, and an article in a specialty encyclopedia. Plus several library-related articles and reviews. Also published some 120 poems, about 150 bylined newspaper articles, and some 100 bylined photos.
Worked about 30 years in librarianship.
Formerly newspaper editor and photo-journalist.
Decorated veteran of U.S. Air Force (including a remote ‘tour’ of duty in the Arctic … at Thule AB in N.W. Greenland).
Married; father of two; grandfather of six.
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Easy! After my wedding I wanted some photos taken in front of the grotto near the church. The photographer obliged and it was a beautiful sunny October morning. Sean and I posed and then the photographer told me to hold out my hand and for Sean to kiss my hand. It came out beautifully. Normally I don’t like most pictures of myself but this one really did look so romantic. One friend of mine said, “Oh my gosh, it looks like the photo that came with the frame!” So that’s mine.
I’m pretty sure I’ve seen that photo, Theresa … and it IS very romantic. And you are lovely in it.
love the quote: “looks like the photo that came with the frame”
Thank you, Jeff. It’s in my wedding album on FB so I’m sure you have probably seen it! I don’t like to post a lot of photos so there are only a few there but I shared that one!
Your daughter definitely looks pleased and proud to have such a solidly handsome fellow! They look like a lovely couple, Jeff, good-looking yet mature. I would put money on this relationship…and you can’t get any more truly romantic than that!
Thanks, Tonette. They met when they both worked for the same airline: he was a pilot and she was a flight attendant. Once the kids came along, it was too difficult to schedule things so she could continue working.
I’m having difficulty posting here. Anybody have any ideas why?
That’s a very nice photo you have, Jeff.
Still wish I could have located the original — outdoor & candid.
Thanks for stopping by today. I’ve found lots of interesting stuff on your blog, Tipsy Screen Writer.
Well thanks! I like the blog you all have going. It’s a lot of fun to get a few different opinions on the same subject.
And sometimes quite a diverse set of perspectives. We recently ran a full month of posts on James Bond…
I love the photo, Jeff. And it’s nice to “see” another face of your family 🙂 They’re a lovely couple!
As mentioned the other day …. it (the Pic) might also say “The holder of his heart” ….
Yes, I loved that expression, Iris. I included it in my text …
Apologies, Jeff. the end of the week was a bit out of control and to catch up on things I skipped through the lines – I obviously shouldn’t have, but given to post the time it deserved!
LOVE this picture of your daughter! She’s gorgeous – must take after her mother. 😉 Not only is she holding her fiance’s heart, he appears pretty satisfied to have it held by this very special young lady.
thanks, Jo. I’m very proud of Julie.
And Jack is a terrific father & husband.