The Greeks are well-known for their philosophy, art and sculpture, literature and mythology; as well as their love of Greece, good food and family. Greek men are also thought to be very romantic. My father-in-law tells a fantastic story about literally going weak at the knees at first sight of his wife-to-be and it makes me swoon every time.
It was also revealed in the Best Man’s speech at our wedding that the Greek God(zilla) had said something similar when he first set eyes on me. When we first met, he would surprise me with weekends away, carpet picnics and DVD box sets of LOST. We went on romantic holidays, out for candlelit dinners and spoke to each other at least 17 times a day.
After 8 ½ years together, some things have changed and some things have not…
Here are the Greek God(zilla)’s tips for keeping the romance alive in a marriage*:
When preparing a special meal for your loved one, first ask how they like their steak to be cooked and then serve it with a side dish of their choice i.e. one that you ask them to prepare for themselves 5-minutes before you plate up.
Do little things to help around the house. Unload the dishwasher, hang out the laundry and replace the loo roll when it needs changing, but make sure you tell her every time, so she knows just how much you do for her.
Pay attention to your appearance and in particular, to the way you smell. Women are attracted to the pheromones that men excrete when they sweat. This is not an excuse to stop showering, but do lean in for a smooch after a long run.
Pay attention to her appearance. Suggest outfits that are not only more flattering, but age appropriate too.
It is important to continue doing the things she enjoyed when you were first going out. So do make sure to still call home 17-times a day to ask what she’s doing.
Share her interests. Sit down with her when she gets ready to watch Eastenders. Then when the show starts, ask her about the current plot line and who all the new characters are.
Compliment her cooking. A round of applause at the end of a particularly good meal will go down a treat and is not patronising at all.
Make time to be alone together. Nothing says I love you like an opportunity to discuss household finances.
The most romantic gifts are the ones she is not expecting and show you have been listening to the subtle hints she has been dropping all year. For example, if she should casually mention that the wi-fi does not reach to the upstairs office, what she really means is ‘Please can you get me a wi-fi booster for Christmas’. There is no need to even wrap it, the Maplin carrier bag it comes in will add to her excitement.
Be spontaneous. Flowers on her birthday are ALWAYS appreciated. Especially if you have not yet had time to find the perfect gift.
Be charming. A little wink at the end of a badly worded comment will make sure she knows you were only joking.
*Do not try these at home