Wednesday, February 10, 2010

What is Romance Anyway?

Today I took the good old Webster’s Dictionary down from the bookshelf,
dusted it off and opened up the musty pages.

 I was curious to read the official definition of
romance and I found a variety of fancy words.

Webster says romance is to court or woo, to treat with chivalry
  or make overtures to
 Perhaps a bit over the top but sounds good ... 

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 Webster's take on being Romantic - the words were
fanciful, impractical, love affair 

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Now you must think I walk around with
my head in the clouds,
 but I’m actually a firm believer in being practical
(within reason of course)

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My favorite Webster’s definition of romance  -  
a style of living!  

 Now that's more like it.

“We find rest in those we love, and we provide a
resting place for those who love us”
                                          Saint Bernard of Clairvaux

 Don't you agree this quote is beautiful and oh so true,

Put a Little Ooh La La in Your Life!
Mimi Bleu


Unknown said...

Yes, a beautiful quote and incredibly beautiful roses!!!

:) T

p.s. I booked the Britannique for our Paris trip...I just thought it seemed so charming...have you heard good things about it? THANK YOU again for all of your generous help!!!!!!!!! You're a sweetheart!

tester said...

Bonjour Madame Mimi,

I agree this quote is beautiful. I hope I am a resting place for my loved ones, and romance is a style of living. I love how you put it, not just walking around with our heads in the clouds. You are an inspiration.

We can't wait for our trip back to Paris in May and are so excited to see you two lovebirds again. We'll talk soon.

Lots of love,

Fleurette said...

Bonjour ma chére Mimi,
Thank you for the beautiful pictures of roses from Paris!
Have a very nice evening
Bisous du coeur

desde my ventana said...

Beautiful roses and words.
Good evening,

Jeanne Henriques said...

I love it!
romance~a style of living~
how perfect...and yes I agree..your last quote is beautiful and so so true...a lovely thought!
Thanks for sharing....
Jeanne :)

Laura said...

I have such a crush on sweetheart roses! beautiful quotes too!

Chicago Chic said...

Oh I love this post!!! I love looking up words in the dictionary, it is so fun to see what the official definitions are! How perfect to look up romance, and I do so love that quote by Saint Bernard of very true. I posted a small Valentine's Day post today and I thought of you! You are the Queen of all things romantic... ♥


Fifi Flowers said...

oooh la la... those flowers are GORGEOUS!!!


Such a fun post. Those flowers are gorgeous! ~ Angela

Queen "B" said...


roses mmmmm, lovely
good post, thanks for sharing

Kate said...

I agree the quote is lovely and the pictures are beautiful too.

Kate xx

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

A delightful quote and armfuls of roses
Methinks that romance is in the air !! XXXX

VM Creation Atelier said...

Dear Mimi!-)***
I like you style in you post and in you life...!-)

Those roses are SO hoopless romantic and really nice!

Thank you for sharing about you thougts!

With much Love,


Vær våken said...

Romance - a style of living! I like that!!! And gorgeous roses! Love your posts!

xoxo, Kristin

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Yes, I agree! Romance is a lifestyle and you are definitely living a beautiful one.
But, so am I because I have the love of my life still beside me after 35 years of marriage!

I have really enjoyed your post.

Happy Romance Week.


Unknown said...

I just gave you a award. Hope you have a good day tomorrow. Gros bisous, vient me dire Bonjour quand tu peux!

Champagne Macarons said...

Bonjour Mimi~
What a great question! Most people have a different concept to the meaning, my belief is that it is indeed a style of living. It needs to be present each day ~ in our actions, the way we look at each other, feeling it's presence. I admire couples that are more in love after 50 years of marriage than they were on their wedding day.
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux defined it well!

Thank you for your kind comments. You are a doll!!
xoxo, B

50sgal said...

the 'style of living' is so apropos and really to live beautifully, thoughtfully, and to work hard at what you enjoy-perfect Romance!

debra@dustjacket said...

Oh I do it's just lovely, I love the last definition of romance too.

FEDERICA said...

Fantastic roses!
Don't miss my Valentine's Day Giveaway, tomorrow on Sweet as a Candy :-)

Petit Coterie said...

Bonjour Mimi, Beautiful post and I love the quotes. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet and encouraging message. I greatly appreciate it.

Have a wonderful weekend,

xx, Michelle

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Mimi ma belle,

If everyone had your attitude, there would be less divorce, less war and a larger portion of the world would be bright! Thank you for this inspiring word....have yourself a ROMANTIC and lovely weekend! Bisous, Anita

Wanda Lee said...

Romance for me personally celebrates, among other wonderful things, 'all that is light, and oh so lovely; all that is 'almost too beautiful for words'!.., As always, your post is masterfully written and artfully composed my dear lady!..,

Such inspiration for all of us to aspire to live the beautiful life with panache!..,

*[As an aside, reference your 'topic du jour', somewhere I remember reading that apparently the origins of the word "romantic" , parse down into two components.~ The first being,"rom-" originally referring actually to,"Rome".~ Then the second syllable, "-antic", originally referring to "antique", or more accurately perhaps with regard to origins of words,(not their current meanings)..,

..,'antiqua" or "antiquity".., It had originally therefore meant, "looking back to days of old", to Rome, to antiquity, with a longing, a nostaligic look and glance backword..,

..,Now we come full circle to the present day meaning with a "romantic notion" or thought , love and admiration for the past, for beauty and loveliness of days of old!.., Plus of course, all the current fascinating and lovely definitions you have so beautifully listed!]..,

Just a bit of trivia to add to the conversation my dear; sorry this was was so long, (yet I must say that I also prefer the last defintion the most as well)!..,

Thanks ever so much for your visit and kind words of support and helpful suggestions. It really helped , and between you and Cheri, I do believe the difficulty is resolved!

Cheers hugs and blessings!..,

Have a marvelous and "romantic" Valentines day in Paris with your sweetie my friend!..,

Warmest regards from Wanda Lee @ The Plumed Pen

Madelief said...

Hello Mimi,

What a beautiful quote!! Wish you a happy Valentine's day!

groetjes van Madelief

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen said...

What gorgeous roses. I can almost smell them.
Happy Valentine's Day.

Auntie Cake said...

Hoping you have the best Valentine's Day ever! Thanks for posting and asking everyone about their love stories. I had the best time reading them all, so much romance out there. Enjoy the day of romance in a city that is filled with romance!

Catherine said...

Beautiful quote ( i agree) and beautiful "Bouquet "! have a nice evening Catherine

Obee Designs said...

Hello M~
Love those rose photographs! I am such a sucker for roses.You could talk about anything and put beautiful roses in the mix and you have just lured me in:) Luckily it was a double pleasure to read the beautiful quote about love and see those beauties!
Thanks for more loveliness, as usual.
I hope you are enjoying the prelude to Valentines day!

Unknown said...

so true, so lovely,
like an expolsion of candy colored roses...


Jackie said...

Hello and what a beautiful post, lovely roses and sweet words! Thank you for stopping by my post today.
My grandbaby is more beautiful every day. Jabbering away and starting to take steps.....look out


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Cheryl Carey Bass said...

Oh, Mimi, those roses! How we all long for those beautiful velvet-kissed petals! And, I LOVE Webster's definition for ROMANCE: A style of living! I couldn't agree more! How would you say long live romance in French? Viva .... ?

January Asia said...

Beautiful roses. Thanks for reminding us the meanings of romance.