Friday, 10 May 2013

10 Things I've Learned About Love in the Real World | Sarah Ager


Despite my love of musicals, a year of marriage has shown me that in real life I'm not really one for grand gestures of undying love. I'd go so far as to say that my husband and I are rather a minimalist couple. In fact my husband proposed to me using an imaginary ring and after our civil ceremony last year we simply went for an espresso with a few friends! 


Actually, his casual act of miming opening a box and putting an invisible wedding ring on my finger seems to have satisfied us both and so we still haven't got around to buying a real one. Somehow I can't help but remember Wendy Cope's words, 'but, look, the flowers you nearly bought have lasted all this while,' and feel relieved that at least an imaginary ring can never fall down a plughole! 

My Husband and I through the eyes of a six year old student


For me, love isn't necessarily about the big gestures although I do love to see them on screen. Instead, it's about how you cope with the little annoyances of daily life and how you get through them together. So, with that in mind, here are a few of my musings as I look back on a year of marriage. 


  • Love is kissing someone when they're full of cold.
  • Love is giving someone fuss even though you suspect that they've probably just got man flu.
  • Love is waking someone up even though they'll be grumpy with you for doing it.
  • Love is pretending you haven't heard the same story several times over
  • Love is giving someone the most succulent part of a roast chicken.
  • Love is knowing how to stop someone snoring without hurting or waking them up.
  • Love is saying 'mmmm delicious' while eating charred or inedible food. 
  • Love is resisting the overwhelming urge to say "I was right all along." 
  • Love is giving someone the cheesiest part of the pasta bake.
  • Love is never going to bed angry or without hugging your partner. It makes the world of difference.

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So over to you! Are you a romantic? 
How do you define love in the real world?

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