Sunday, June 14, 2009

Hopeless Romantic Manifesto


Wrinkles around his eyes, like chasms filled with memories, the old man reached under the the linoleum counter top of his movie rental store. I have something for you. Cover worn soft as leather, pages dog eared and soiled from repetitive reading, he placed the book in my hand. Read it, then give it to someone. The Notebook by Nicolas Sparks. As the moon reached his zenith that evening, the book lay on my bedside table, crumbs left on the plate after its devouring. To have that passion, to stand by the one you love, even after they have forgotten.

I am a Hopeless Romantic.

Credits having long since disappeared beyond the edge of the curtain, windows fogged with the humidity of our tears. My Life, the story of a man dying of cancer leaving a video for his son about how to be a man, and ultimately how to love. In his dying, a new life was born and I realized I never wanted to live without her. On my knee, all thoughts of a carefully orchestrated romantic moment love forgotten, we began with yes.

I am a Hopeless Romantic.

I believe in a world where bullets and bombs are replaced my warm hugs and sloppy wet kisses. Where pain and disease find their end and children's stomachs are not distended from hunger. Where people and trash aren't carelessly mislaid like worn out tires the side of the road. Where crippled walk and blind see, playing in the street together. Where the hue of your skin, the price on your clothes, the pounds of your flesh, male, female, age, disability, national origin, religion, orientation, occupation, don't determine the quality of your life. I believe in a world where happily ever after is possible and love wins.

Maybe I am just a Hopeful Romantic.

On the street corner where passion and determination collide, opportunity resides.

27 comments:

Baino said...

There's absolutely nothing wrong with being a hopeful romantic. I'm too much of a pragmatist but it doesn't stop me wishing or hoping

jake (to the) holla said...

often times i get too hopeful, or don't channel my hopes & dreams in the right direction.... but yeah, i'd say i'm a hopeful romantic as well

otin said...

It is difficult to be hopeful when there are so many crazy people in this world, I am usually a pessimist!

Daniel said...

The glass is always half empty, the whites have long since become grays or, more likely, inky blackness. The light is not the end of the tunnel, but an on-rushing train. Gone are the days of peace and hope, now replaced with survival and the marking of time. Now nearly 4 years on, and am I becoming more lost. Sometimes, I reach out, only to be slapped back into place. I try to progress, to grow, but something, apparently sinister, is holding me down. I will continue to do what I can, and trust in my Lord that the white noise dies out and a signal comes in clear. Blessings to you.

Leah said...

I'm a cynic in all the rest of my life, but a romantic when it comes to my marriage.

I'm glad though that there are people who think as you do, Brian!!!

Ronda Laveen said...

I hold that thought form with you. Forever and always. Change starts with an unwavering few. Talk the talk, live the walk. Peace.

subtorp77 said...

Label me "pessimist". And looks like opportunity found itself in those ice cream cones! Great pick, Brian. Cheese seems to get more on herself, than in her tummy, as well.HA!

Liza said...

The Notebook has the power to push the most self-proclaimed cynic into a pool of optimism.

Megan said...

Hopeful Romantic over here!

Mrsupole said...

Hi my name is Sherry and I am a hopeful romantic. I came here because I need to be hopeful about who I can be romantic with. I want to give hugs and kisses. I give little gifts. I touch my hand softly across his face. I smile when I see him. I laugh. I enjoy going out to dinner and then a quiet nice alone. I hold his hand. I call him 'Daddy', I call him Hon, or Honey. I let him play his war games on the computer for however long he wants. I like a fire in the firplace. I light candles. I love to snuggle.

The Notebook is a most beautiful story. It shows you the little things count in romance. Women and men love romance. So go for it.

God bless.

Brian Miller said...

@mrsu - lol. felt like i was in an AA meeting there for a second. maybe we should start HRA. smiles. ahhh...romance, love it. so easily overlooked, tis a shame. do something special for that man of yours today.

@megan - smiles

@liza - love the story. i met Nicolas Sparks in NC once. All of his stories are tied to something that happened in his life or the life of his family and loved ones. thats so cool. inspires me in my writings.

@subtorp - yeah, they got it everywhere. think they were trying to emulate my beard? kids make every meal fun. ha!

@ronda -yes, it starts with a few and can become infectious. as long as the few don't get tired and give up...hope.

@leah - definitely have my moments of cynicism. glad you are roamntic with the hubby though. too many people lose that after a couple years of familiarity. spontenatity...

@daniel - love you man! all in perfect timing...

@otin - darn those crazy people...lol. while my post may seem like i wear the rose colored glasses, i am very aware of the dangers this world has for us. in this life we will find trouble, but i find hope in another day.

@jake - bring the kool-aid to the next meeting of HRA...lol. can you be too hopeful? yeah i think you can when you lose sight of the challenges and check out to our dream world. hope in moderation then... smiles.

@baino - yeah, i have to measure my hope with practicality...what can i do today to move us one step closer...maybe as simple as one conversation...

willow said...

I like the notion of hopeful romantic. Another beautiful piece, Brian.

Lola said...

I'm a hopeful romantic too, Brian. I've rammed my face into rock-hard walls and never ever "learned the lesson." Thank God for that.

Great post, quotes and literate innuendos (as usual). It's good to be back after my little work-induced blog hiatus. Now I have so much to catch up!!

Ciao,
Lola xx

Rain said...

Brian, I get such joy reading this post, I've read it three times now. Love conquers all, it surely does in my mind.

Rain said...

Oh, and those boys are so cute!!!

Candie Bracci said...

Amen to this too!Amazing post and once again,the same comment than I put on Leah's blog,although it isn't the same subject:you're perfectly normal and so am I and then the world is just crazy!Have a nice day ;)

Angela Recada said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and introducing yourself!

While I don't usually like best sellers, I absolutely adored THE NOTEBOOK, too. It's so wonderful to read your incredibly positive post and see the picture of those two adorable boys. I hope the world will be a kinder place for all our children.

Michael Rawluk said...

The world needs many more hopeful romantics.

Lorraine said...

The universe is so much in need of Love, in fact the world needs more people like you...so beautifully written...

tony said...

Well Said.Hope is the Only Medicine.

david mcmahon said...

There is a LOT to be said for hopeless romantics, Brian!

BenMester said...

Well said, fellow hopeful romantic. I'm really glad I found your post. It was an excellent reminder of the finer things in life. Thanks for letting me hang out on the street corner with you, where passion and determination collide.

Brian Miller said...

@willow - me too. ty.

@lola - smiles. thank God for lessons not learned. lol. glad you are back. see you soon.

@rain - glad to put a smile on your face. i won't tell the boys, it will go to their head. smiles.

@candi - smiles. all those crazy people trying to bring us down. lol.

@angela - i say that prayer often, that the world may be a better place. it will happen one person at a time...

@michael - true. and more pics like the river you put up today!

@lorraine - (blush) nah, think one of me is enough...don't know if the world could handle two...

@tony - Holding onto Hope...

@david - thanks for stopping by...there is much to be said, and done as well

@ben - thanks for stopping by, enjoyed your post today...we seem to be in the same groove. welcome on my street corner any day.

Sandi McBride said...

I've been in love with the same man for 41 years, he's still the end all and be all for me...yes, I guess you'd say I'm a hope(less)ful romantic! Lovely post...congratulations on Post of the Day
Nomination!
Sandi

Pouty Lips said...

Congrats on post of the day nomination. I came by from David's. A life without hope is, well, hopeless.

Brian Miller said...

@sandi - good for you, 41 years. thats awesome!


@pouty - ty. yes it is!

Joanna Jenkins said...

i am a hopeless romantic and I am very hopeful. Love love your blog. Beautiful writing! Congrats on your post of the week nomination. I'll be back again so to visit!