What is the difference between “romance” and “authentic love”? According to the popular inspirational writer, Marjorie Holmes, the difference amounts to “turning ‘sweet nothings’ into ‘sweet somethings.'” For example:
ROMANCE is seeking perfection.
LOVE is forgiving imperfection.
ROMANCE is flying;
LOVE is a safe landing.
ROMANCE is waiting for the phone to ring to bring you a voice that will utter endearments.
LOVE is waiting for the phone to ring to bring you a voice that will assure you someone else is happy and safe.
ROMANCE is eager, striving always to appear attractive for each other.
LOVE is two people who find beauty in each other no matter how they look.
ROMANCE is gazing deep into desired eyes across a candlelit table.
LOVE is saying, “You’re tired my dear, I’ll get up this time,” and stumbling through the darkness to warm a bottle or comfort a frightened child.
ROMANCE is flattering attentions;
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