I take romance seriously. I also take my need for exercise seriously. The two come together when Gwynly joins me on my frequent walks.
One day not long ago, we hiked the trail in the rain. Few people were out, but the birds were plentiful. We’d just started walking when I noticed a beautiful blue Steller’s Jay.
As we continued, we encountered a covey of quail scuttling across the trail, saw sparrows flit from tree to tree, and heard a riot of birdsong.
And then I saw a bird the most vivid shade of blue I’d ever seen perched in a pine. I talk to our cats, so it came naturally to me to call out. “Hello, birdie! What a vivid blue you are.”
Gwynly gave me a “what are you doing?” look and burst out laughing.
Now, my guy has a good sense of humor and will laugh with me, but rarely does he laugh at me. And yet, that’s what he was doing.
Since I knew he wasn’t laughing because I was talking to a bird, I wondered what had caused him to crack up. His gaze darted from me to the branch I’d pointed out.
I stopped, turned, and studied the sight that had caught my eye. And I stared in disbelief.
The brilliant blue “bird” was not a bird at all. What I’d seen from a distance was a plastic bag that a pet owner had filled after a dog had done its deed and had flung into the trees.
Yup. I’d just complimented a packet of dog poop.
The humor of the situation struck me, and I burst out laughing.
When Gwynly and I passed by the spot on our return trip, he made sure to point out the “doo doo bird,” which he told me that he’s heard has replaced the extinct dodo bird. 🙂
Our conversation on the return trip was much more lighthearted as we recounted my unique sighting than it was when we began. Each time I recall the incident, I’m reminded that romance doesn’t have to be a serious pursuit. Spending time laughing with my guy can be lotsa fun, too.
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Do you and your special someone infuse your romance with laughter?
Do you have a funny story about the lighthearted side of romance that you can share?