Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Inferno

Disappointment, like rubbing hands together over ashes hoping for warmth, sits heavy in her eyes. Fingertips cool against my skin, as we make our way home to get the gift certificate, laying on the bedside table, keeping us from making our reservation. Dressed to the nines and then I happen...

Silently the sun drifts toward the horizon, contrasting the the space in between us in the silence. How many times had you reminded me? Let me count the ways, in the passing trees out the window. Maybe someone will miss their reservation and we can still get in...

Cresting the hill, our house springs from the woods, casting a spark among the dead wood of the moment, the deck glowing with flickering flame, illuminating a table for two. Waitresses usher us, with so gentle a touch, to our oasis in the half light of the evening...

Fine china dances across the table, your favorite foods laid before you in turn, soft violin pulling our heart strings from the minstrel in the shadows. Regal flowers bow before your beauty from every corner, candle light twinkling in your eyes...

In this moment, I don't mind being a disappointment.

Romance, like a fire, burns out if no tended and I have only begun to stoke the growing inferno, under the light of a silvery moon...

61 comments:

buffalodick said...

Interesting.. You are right, an untended fire does go out..

Jill said...

Yes...so true...neglect often breeds feelings of resentment but effort (even if miniscule) gives hope and WARMTH.


Did you forget the certificate Brian?!?!? I bet you were eventually forgiven!

Brian Miller said...

smiles. i intentionally forgot...had to come up with a way to get her back to the house... some great (and talented) friends that helped pull this off...and i think the certificate was forgotten completely by the end of the night...smiles.

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

I find it hard to imagine that your loving attention ever lapses. You cannot write the way you do without being a master at the loving act of paying attention.

blueviolet said...

You little romantic you!

Wings said...

Home fires are still burning there, I can see. :)

Alix said...

Ah... yes.

Tricky romantic thing, aren't you. She's lucky lucky lucky to have you. I wish all men were like this.

After I marry Tim Tebow, I will get in the Brian Miller line.

Hilary said...

I'll bet you have at least some inkling of just how many women would kill for a true romantic such as you. She's a very lucky lady. You.. are a gem. :)

Lorraine said...

The beauty of your words is only matched by the Love you have for your wife, good for you Brian

Kathy's Klothesline said...

I wanted to say that you should teach romance...... but some things can't be taught. Your wife is a lucky woman!

smiles4u said...

That's just beautiful Brian. You are so right about keeping the fires burning. What a nice surprise for your wife...I am sure that forgotten certificate was all forgotten.

Green-Eyed Momster said...

Nice. Keep those fires burning like only someone who comes from Royalty could do! ;)
Smiles.

Daniel said...

Clever, indeed. ... But risky.

Nessa said...

oh, that was a roller coaster. Lovely surprise. Good advice.

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rxBambi said...

Oh my that was so sexy! I am totally jealous. Could you please call my hubby??

Kate Hanley said...

This was great. So many times I hear about couples with issues or I hear from a friend about what is wrong with her spouse. We all vent but it's nice to hear the other side of the story - what's going right in the relationship.

The Retired One said...

What a romantic thing to do, you little devil!
Now, you HAVE to tell us how you proposed to her.
THAT is a story we need to all hear~!!

K said...

Keeping the romance alive is important.

Our last attempt at date was a disappointment too. Our son simply refused to go to sleep and decided to scream for hours instead (which has never happened before or since...)

clean and crazy said...

disappointment, no more like anticipation

Brian Miller said...

i am a big proponant of dating your spouse at least once a month...away from the kids. its hard, i know. we just recently started kid swapping with some friends so we did not have to pay for baby sitters, which has helped.

Ronda Laveen said...

Very beautiful and seriously romantic. All you would have to say to get her ice to melt would be this: "Regal flowers bow before your beauty from every corner..."

lakeviewer said...

Beautiful writing, memorable feelings.

TechnoBabe said...

That was a great and romantic surprise, wow. You went to so much trouble and work to show how important she is to you. You could teach a few classes to other men out there. As soon as I read what your house looked like as you were almost back there, I knew!! And I started grinning. Bet she grinned all night. Proud of you, and what a wonderful example you two are for your children.

Mrsupole said...

Okay, just add another class for you to teach. Well in someway you are teaching all of us here. Even we women can learn how to be romantic with our men.

You are a special person and I truly hope you know that. Someday your sons will be equally special too. Happiness is something that we either have or we do not. It is something that is inside of us. I heard somewhere that "Happiness is a choice." Actually I think that all feelings are a choice. You chose to be romantic. You choose to have date nights. You seem to make so many of the right choices in life. And I know that life can give someone a lot of hard knocks, but it is what you choose to do with them that makes you or breaks you. And you are choosing to have them make you into a better person. May we all be so blessed to make the choices that you are making in dealing with things you cannot control.

I will say this again, you are awesome in my books. But then again I think you already know that. I hold you in high esteem and things like this story, just keep getting you higher up there.

And thanks for wanting to go back and visit the "made4aid" site again. Sally said they also just enjoy the comments that people write about the items up for bid. And the more bids they receive, the more people they can feed, who are so much in need of our help.

So I will shamelessly promote it here too and please ask everyone to come to my site to get the link, and to please shamelessly promote it on your own site. It is the time of the year for giving.

God bless.

Ms Hen said...

How utterly romantic... !!!

Do you have an older single brother.. in his later 40s?? lol

Brian Miller said...

mrsu...you just might make me blush...lol.

ms hen...younger, yet he is married...smiles.

Vodka Logic said...

How about giving my husband some dating advice. That was adorable

Gladys said...

Are you? A disappointment or was it a lesson learned? If the lesson wasn't learned then you were. :)

bernthis said...

this is a lesson I will take with me if I ever have another relationship. It's vital

only a movie said...

Wow, impressive. And tricky, but in a very good way. :-)

otin said...

My romantic fire is in need of 5 gallons of gas and a flamethrower! HA!

Vodka Mom said...

very, very nice.

kys said...

I think you and your wife are lucky to have each other.

jasmine said...

Romance is a funny thing. My husband is not good with birthdays or aniversaries yet he'll write 'i love you' in condensation on the bathroom window, or do really sweet little things almost everyday...

Nancy said...

You are wonderful, really wonderful. Keep that spark burning.

Betsy said...

Well, aren't you too cute...AND clever! :)

G-Man said...

You are a very lucky couple...

G-Man said...

You are a very lucky couple...

enchantedoak said...

Romance is not dead!
Go, Brian, Go! PS: My husband writes love notes on the coffee pot, which is ready for me to perk every morning though he is out of here at 4:30 a.m.

Pat said...

Wow - that sounded so romantic! I hope she didn't get TOO mad at you at forgetting the gift certificate. I'm sure all was well when she saw the nice surprise at home.

Joanna Jenkins said...

I just read this to my husband with a big HINT, HINT at the end :-)

Great job all the way around.

jj

Kathleen said...

Aw, sounds like something Mr. B would do. Well done, Brian.

BeautifulWreck said...

This post was so right on and so true to relationships.

Danielle&Hannah said...

It is in disappointment that you can then know true happiness and recognise potential..

Crystal Jigsaw said...

A loving warmth never fails to envelope me when I visit your blog.

CJ xx

♥ Braja said...

I just want to know what's in your mashed potatoes if the china is dancing on your table....

:)))

Candie Bracci said...

That was beautiful!How many times did I say to you that what you write is beautiful?Not enough!Have a lovely day!

Gaston Studio said...

Soooo romantic!

Lulda Casadaga said...

That's an amazing appreciation. That is what we have to do in our relationships...keep the fires burning! We should never let the romance die...

Protege said...

This made me cry...
I so get this as there is no one more romantic and melancholic than me. At least I thought so...
;)

Ter said...

hello thanks for the comment you left on my blog today. Come again soon!

Liza said...

"Romance, like a fire, burns out if no tended"
Yep, it is true.
Now excuse me, I must shave my legs. LOL!

Blondie said...

So true...thanks for the sweet comments on my Louise Brooks post honey. Have a great day! Kori xoxo

Jessie said...

i have no doubt that all was forgotten and you definitely know how to tend ...

smiles,

Rose Marie Raccioppi said...

Ah Yes Brian, Passion's flame ever to kindle and be the moment's embrace...

Baino said...

Aww look at your comments! Clearly you've twanged a few heartstrings you hopeless romantic!

staceyjwarner said...

you are a wonderful man...so thoughtful and loving...

how lucky your wife is...

much love

...mmm... said...

Oh, wow. ROMANTIC SURPRISE! I Love it! Hey, we both were reminiscing romantic moments! funny. That's the kind of "disappointment" a lover/SO can do well with!

Goofball said...

oooooh you are so sneaky. I'm sure she wanted to smack & kiss you at the same time :p

Alicia @ boylerpf said...

Romance...the way to a woman's heart. You struck gold with this night!

Kay said...

oh...so much to be said...one lucky woman? although a disappointment? Let the flames burn! (sigh) lovely.