People who read romances love them, I mean really love them. If you’re like me, you can’t get enough them. I read them all the time. Sometimes two or more a week. Lately I’ve been wondering what makes people love romance so much. Then, I got thinking about the things I learned in school. Here are the ten things I learned in Kindergarten that made me love romance stories:
How to Color – Those brightly colored wax sticks weren’t just about coloring in the lines. They brought you happiness and joy and gave you an escape from the dull dreariness of everyday life. When you opened that box, you felt excitement. When you put the crayon to the page, you felt adventure. You feel those same things when you start to read a new romance today. You might not have a crayon in your hand your hand, but when you turn the page, the story is coloring your world with a new fantasy.
Patience – Good things come to those who wait. While it would be great if you could get the whole plot in a few sentences, you’d miss out on all of the suspense. Sure you probably already know how it’s going to turn out, but the twists and turns along the way are what makes a romance so much fun.
Everything Has An Upside – Even if something bad happens, there’s a good twist to it. When you lost your favorite pencil, your teacher gave you a candy or let you help her clean the erasers. When something bad happens to the heroine or hero, you know something wonderful is right around the corner as you sit on the edge of your seat unable to put the book down.
Everyone’s Good At Heart – The mean boy that used to poke you with a pencil was also the same one who used to defend you on the playground. That’s how you know that the bad boy you’re reading about, no matter how much of a dick he seems to be, is going to turn himself around. Before the end of the book he’ll be the hero you’ve been dreaming of.
Bullies Always Lose – Remember the girls who picked on you? It was so funny when they made fools of themselves. The same thing happens when the antagonist tries to zero in on the hero in a romance. She can’t divert his attention away from the heroine no matter how hard she tries. If she attempts to make our sweet heroine look bad, she’ll fall flat on her face.
Staying Inside Isn’t A Bad Thing – It always sucked to have to stay inside during recess and watch the rain through the windows while the teacher read. But, after a few minutes you’d get into the story and sit around and listen along with everybody else. Now that we’re all grown up, we don’t always feel like going out especially when the weather’s bad. There’s nothing like curling up on the couch with a good romance story.
To Use Your Imagination – If it weren’t for our Kindergarten teachers forcing us to use our imaginations and dream up stories, we wouldn’t be able to visualize settings or even characters. Sure, we may have had imaginary friends way before we started school, but they were nothing like the three dimensional imagery that our teachers had us dream up.
You’re Not In Trouble Forever – Do you remember the first time your teacher scolded you? I trembled and started crying my eyes out. I thought it was the end of the world. Three minutes later it was over, and I was back to finger painting and laughing with my friends. The same thing happens in romances. One of the characters might screw up and cause a huge conflict, but sooner or later all will be forgiven.
Someday Your Prince Will Come – Every Disney story they read to you went the same way from Cinderella to Rumpelstiltskin. The gallant prince always swept in to save the day and the fair princess before the end of the story. It rarely happens that way in real life, but our romances give us the escape from reality to live out our fantasies of being rescued by the man of our dreams.
Everybody Lives Happily Ever After – Every single story our teachers read us ended with all of the characters living happily ever after. Sure, that didn’t exactly prepare us for the real world, but it did set us up to start reading romance stories. No matter how much doom and gloom happens throughout the story, you’re always guaranteed of a happy ending.
Have you ever thought about this before? What did you learn in school that you think made you love romances today?