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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Guest Blog: Vicki Batman: He Doesn't Bring Me Flowers Anymore*

 A long time ago, street vendors stationed themselves at a major intersection near my apartment. They sold bouquets of tiny roses brought in from a region in our state known for growing the flower.

The roses were quite affordable--two bunches for $5.00. And if the vendor was in a hurry to skedaddle, they could be bought for less.

Handsome waltzed into my life via a friend. The attention he gave me was quite loverly, special compared to other guys. Sure, he'd taken me to dinner and movies. And he frequently brought me bunches of the roses. Totally romantic.

When we decided to marry, we pinched pennies to save for our dream house. And after our sons were born, continued to pinch. Which meant no roses. It was okay, I rationalized. We needed to put the money elsewhere. Occasionally, he gave me the grocery store bouquet for the usual special days. But they weren't the same.

And so it went.

On a recent Saturday, I'd just returned from a workout as had Handsome. I was busying myself around the kitchen, preparing a piece of toast and a glass of milk for breakfast. From behind me came, "I brought something for you."

He pushed a white bakery box my way. I'd seen that box many times and knew what it contained. Handsome loves, Loves, LOVES donuts. *snicker* I like them too, but don't eat many cause they like my middle parts.

"Oh, that's sweet," I said and opened the box. Definitely, not roses. Six glazed, six holes, and a lone vanilla cake. I gave him a huge grin and said, "You bought my favorite. Thank you."

I had no choice but to eat one. I didn't want to hurt his feelings. I picked up a plate and took the cake creation.

With a grin that tickled my fancy, he said, "Aren't I romantic?"

Donuts are romantic? With a smile, I walked to his side and kissed his hair above his ear. "Yes, you are."

*Thanks, Neil Diamond, for the sweet song title.

Romance is found in the little things. Where do you find it?

Like some of her characters, award-winning author, Vicki Batman has worked a wide variety of jobs including lifeguard, ride attendant at an amusement park; a hardware store, department store, book store, antique store clerk; administrative assistant in an international real estate firm; and a general “do anything gal” at a financial services firm--the list is endless.

She has completed three manuscripts, written essays, and sold many short stories. She is a member of RWA and several writing groups and chapters. In 2004, she joined DARA and has served in many capacities, including 2009 President. DARA awarded her the Robin Teer Memorial Service Award in 2010.

Most days begin with her hands set to the keyboard and thinking "What if??"

When a young woman plans a romantic getaway with her boyfriend, disaster strikes, and she soon finds Mr. Right could be someone else.

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Hi, Anonymous! I was raised to respect the value of money and the value of people. Very simple indeed. Yet a very valuable lesson. thank you so much for posting today and am wishing lots of romance your way.

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Liz said...

lovely story Vicki! It's about the little things really, in a relationship isn't it? I shared this for you. (p.s. I think anonymous is some sort of spam)

Michelle Miles said...

Vicki, that was a wonderful story :)


Hi, Liz! Oh man, bust my feeling like a mighty knowledgeable person day. LOL. And I have a gift? lolol

Thank you for sharing and posting. I'm trying to get Handsome to stop by with his side. He's shy.


Hi, Michelle! Thanks. So the donut shop is on the way home from his workout--think he'll stop? LOL

Marian Lanouette said...

I agree, Vicki, it's the little things and courtesies that make a successful relationship. And knowing just what you like in my opinion is very romantic..

Here's to romance!

gail roughton branan said...

Oh, yes, girl. We take romance when we can find it. My hubby's never been big on flowers, either, though I've gotten 'em over the years, and they're sweetest when unexpected. But the most romantic thing he ever bought me was a piano. Yep. We'd been married about two years, I was having a long spell of "bad mood". I've played since I was like eight, but there wasn't a piano in my living room and with our finances, I sure as heck didn't expect one. Anytime in the foreseeable future, in fact. And there it was. Wurlitzer Console. Over a thousand bucks even in the mid-70's, at a time we didn't have a pot to p--- in or a window to throw it out of. Yep. That piano beat roses. Any day. And twice on Sundays. said...

Love our story. Romance is really in the eyes of the beholder. There are as many expressions as there are people expressing them. He thinks of you, brings you what he likes; it's called sharing :)



Hi, Marian! Yes, the little things are what counts and with our loved ones, coupled with respect and kindness. Thank you, sweetie.

Hi, Gail! A piano!!! How awesome is that and definitely a keeper. So totally romantic.

Hi, Rayne!Sharing donuts with Handsome is fun. And we go further when out driving and see a donut store by singing, "Doooo nuts!" Because we know we like them. Thank you for stopping.

Patricia said...

Such a sweet thought on Handsome's part and no, of course you wouldn't want to hurt his feelings by turning the donut down because of your "middle parts". I get that. Sometimes my husband will still bring me See's candy truffles and I don't like them any more but I swoon and grin and gush because what a lovely gesture, right?

Paris said...


I had to grin while reading this. Maybe they're just being practical. You know, the donut will stay around longer than the my scale will attest:)


Hi, Patti! How sweet that your hubby brings you treat! I love it. One time, Handsome brought a handbag (!!!!) and a scarf and they were expensive ones. I was like WOW!

Hi, Paris! I think one, he buys a dozen and I eat 3. Thank God for Jazzercise. LOL.

Cara Marsi said...

Vicki, what a sweet story. Donuts can certainly be romantic. My hubby doesn't do flowers, nor is he very romantic. The other day I was feeling blue. He went to the wine store to replenish our supply, and he bought me a bottle of my favorite wine, packed in a gift box. That touched me.

jean hart stewart said...

Love it.. romance comes in all shapes and sizes..


Hi, Cara! I love how your hubby bought your favorite and put in a box. So thoughtful. He's a keeper!

Hi, Jean! Thank you. And yes, romantic gestures come big and small. It's the love behind that counts. hugs!

Linda Steinberg said...

Hi Vicki

I think it's romantic when my fella takes out the garbage--without being asked!--and adjusts things in my car and fixes things in my house that I might not otherwise even notice.

He doesn't 'get' why women like flowers--since they die so quickly, but last Valentine's day he got me a plant, and a balloon, and candy AND a dozen yellow roses.


Hi, Linda! I'm thinking this says we like guys who fix things for us. Right? And then, surprise, something special just because. You did hit the jackpot with all of the above. Congratulations!!!

Melissa Keir said...

I agree Vicki that it is about the little things. But we wouldn't trade them for the world. :)

Molly Daniels said...

When we moved down here, the spouse said 'I love you' by bringing home several lbs of meat from our favorite butcher up north:)

Now he says it when he takes me to lunch or brings home a Burger King breakfast sandwich.


Hi, Molly! That is hilarious and don't we love them for doing those things? I love your story. Thanks for posting.

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