Sunday, August 14, 2005

I recently had a conversation with a very intelligent colleague on the subject of what constitutes a "romantic" gift. This conversation helped me to understand that the same word can mean different things to different people.

My friend seems to think that "romantic" has a more boy/girl or sexual implication. In her opinion, most people would agree with her. That's O.K. with me. I actually even think she's right. We used the word "romantic" as a category heading in Shopsicle to include not only the courtship aspect of the gift, but also the "poetry" contained in the object, as in "romanticism" as an artistic expression or a state of mind, a "sentimental" statement. My friend said that I am indeed an artist. Guess so. I'm also indeed a "romantic".

One doesn't "court" family members (mother, father, aunts, uncles, sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews), but one can attempt to give them "romantic" gifts, such as a star in the universe that is their very own, named after them, or a gorgeous blown glass perfume bottle from Guild, or a book of poetry, or a china teapot, or a great scent in the form of a candle or room spray, or a Segovia CD, or a great wine, or a box of extraordinary chocolates flown in from France. These gifts are very romantic and packed with TLC. They are appropriate, sentimental and carry a message of universal love. Hey folks, nothing wrong with Platonic love once in a while. I even buy myself romantic gifts. You can be nice to yourself too.

We are busy scouting the marketplace for new finds. Shopsicle is constantly being organized and re-organized. Our objective is to make Shopsicle the most exciting and user friendly site on the internet. We have much to do on that subject, so please bear with us. You can help us get better and better with your input. We want to hear from you.

Respond to this question of "romantic". Tell us what you think. I'm curious.

Thank you. Joan


Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm with you...romantic is a state of mind, in everything you do and the way you do it. i visited shopsicle and like it. want some of that imported chocolate.
by the way i'm an artist, too.

wish there was more romance in the world these days. everything has gotten sort of crude. crude is cool now. maybe its just a phase.

12:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everything has gotten crude. Is it just here in the US or is it everywhere... people don't even know what romance is anymore. They think it's sex. Hard to be a romantic in this age. Maybe there will be a reversal. I think eating an apple on an autumn day is romantic. Holding someone's hand would be good, but not necessary to the romance of the apple -

3:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just read your blog. Wish there were more romantic movies. Guess I'm a real girl. Seems you are too.

10:03 AM  

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