How to Raise a Romantic
November 18, 2011
I haven’t read any scientific studies on this subject, but it only makes sense to me that if a child is raised in an environment where love abounds, that child will be much more likely to grow up to understand how to be in a loving relationship. I was fortunate enough to have parents who lived their own true love story. I can clearly remember my Mom greeting my Dad at the door every day when he returned home from work, handing him a drink and the two of them then sharing a warm kiss. She always made sure she looked her best when he came home and that the house was immaculate. I guess this was kind of a 1950’s thing, but it sure seemed to work well for them.
My Mom was certainly no shrinking violet. She was and still is a strong outspoken woman, but what made it all work was that they truly wanted to cater to each other. They were dedicated to each other’s happiness and fulfillment. It seemed to work for us as well, as all three of us boys have also enjoyed wonderful marriages that are all still each going strong after twenty-five years and more.
As we all know, marriages often don’t work out as planned. (it did take me a second marriage to get it right), but I do believe children ultimately learn to emulate their parents. If a child is brought up in a loveless home, that is how they will likely perceive marriage to be. It’s certainly not a universal truth, but I do know that I was very fortunate to have been raised in a house filled with love. I’m extremely thankful to my Mom and Dad for being such outstanding “romance role models”. In fact, I have no doubt that this is why I have enjoyed a long and successful career in the engagement ring business.I guess you could say I was raised to be a true romantic.
Although my Dad has been gone for many years now, I’m grateful to still have my Mom around. On a somewhat unrelated note, my incredible 85 year old Mom has always loved to sing. Recently, she especially wanted to sing a Maurice Chevalier song and have it recorded for her family. She hadn’t planned to make a big deal out of it, but the videographer decided it was worthy of posting on YouTube. My Mom who I’m not sure even knew what YouTube was, has now seen her video go over 20,000 hits. Because of its popularity, she was even asked to appear on the Rosie O’Donnell Show. Being the outspoken woman that my Mom is, she told the Rosie O’Donnell representative that she didn’t even like Rosie O’Donnell and had no interest in apprearing on the show. I guess she’s holding out for the Tonight Show.
Here is a link to her video. It’s Mitzi Robbins singing “I’m Glad I’m not Young Anymore”
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