Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Grand Romantic Gesture

We’ve all seen it in the movies. The guy does something extraordinary for the love interest just so he can show that he loves her. Given that the guy’s desperately in love with her, he wouldn’t mind getting a cup of coffee some time (okay, I paraphrased that line from Friends). Now, flowers are cliché. Giving her chocolates is too common. Saying “I love you” is not as good since actions speak louder than words. The most exaggerated way to show that the guy loves the girl is by doing some grand romantic gesture.

It could be simple. From the first season of the show Friends, Ross gave Rachel an expensive pin that looked like what her grandmother had. Not really “simple” but it’s the simplest compared to the others.

Now, most grand romantic gestures would be excessive and somehow impossible. Ted, in the first season of How I Met Your Mother, actually made it rain for his love interest Robin. Okay, maybe you don’t have to defy the laws of physics because that’s a little hard but still, the grand romantic gesture is something that seals the deal in a relationship. In the movie Big Fish, the protagonist (I forgot his name) actually called five different states to have a whole park planted with his love interest’s favorite flower, viewable outside her window. It’s a romantic scene albeit really, really expensive.

In my stay in UST, I’ve encountered dozens of hopeless romantics. The difference between us is that they don’t bitch as much as I do about having a significant other (and I bitch about it a lot). Personally, I’ve always wanted to do some grand romantic gesture sooner or later for a girl I like. Plus, I even planned it but I’ll talk about that later. If I like a girl enough to make a grand romantic gesture in public for her, I’d make it simple yet effective.  Although I assume several people have thought I made a grand romantic gesture since I gave a girl a plush pink puppy last December 15 (I’m only assuming that since I gave it to her in front of her entire section) but more on that later.

In actuality, doing a grand romantic gesture is a risk. Timing is always the key. Do the gesture in public in a bad time and you’ve just made a total idiot of yourself. However, with the right timing, nothing could be sweeter. What a great moment to remember, right?