The Things We Do For Love
Movies and books are full of grand gestures that people make for love. These are the moments that tug at your heart and sometimes break it. The moments that make you realize the power of love. Who can forget the scene in James Cameron’s Titanic, when Jack pushes Rose onto a floating piece of wreckage and then stays beside her, holding her hand, submerged in the freezing Atlantic.
Or the classic O.Henry tale about a poor, young couple at Christmas, the Gift of the Magi. Della sells her beautiful hair to pay for a chain for Jim’s precious watch, only to find that Jim sold the watch to pay for combs for Della’s hair.
And for a real life example, just look across the pond. Edward gave up the British throne for his Wallis.
The passion that drives these actions makes my heart melt every time. But it’s not just the grand gestures that matter. In our everyday lives, we all have things we do for love.
Me, I go camping. Every year.
To understand the significance of this, you need to know that I’m a city girl. More than that, I’m a born and raised Detroiter. People from the Motor City don’t walk to anyplace they can drive to, and they firmly believe that if you can’t take a car someplace, it’s probably not worth going to. So, when I married a man who is happiest with a pack strapped on his back while hiking through the wilderness, cultures clashed and worlds collided.
I’m just back from a week of camping in Canada along Lake Huron. This is a beautiful part of the world with wind-swept sand dunes, an endless lake, and towering forests. It rained – a lot. Our tent leaked. When the sun did come out, little flies nipped at us when we tried to lie on the beach or read in a chair at the campsite. Raccoons ate the graham crackers I brought to make S’mores. Despite this, I will go camping next year again. How can I not? Camping makes my husband happy. It’s a thing I do for love.
What do you do for love?
Many thanks to Dale for inviting me to Magical Musings! If you like humor and a hero who will walk through hell for the woman he loves, be sure to check out HOT MAGIC, my new paranormal, due out in mid-August!
When Julie Dancer’s sexy new neighbor claims he’s got to have her in his bed to break an evil curse, Julie thinks Harry has forgotten to take his meds. The truth is, he has powers beyond imagining. Julie soon finds her normal, somewhat boring life crowded with a leather-clad Guardian, a man who turns into an owl and a vengeful Shadow Walker intent on keeping her from breaking the curse.
Julie knows nothing about Harry’s world or the power to transform energy. Harry knows nothing about Julie’s life or the power of love. A single kiss between them triggers a whole lot of Hot Magic, changing everything, and leading Julie to a choice that could save the world but destroy the man she’s grown to love.Holli Bertram grew up in Detroit, Michigan. She most often had her nose in a book, lost in the magic of a good story. She solved crimes with Nancy Drew, rode the Black Stallion to victory, and cried for three days when Rhett frankly didn’t give a damn. Holli eventually discovered that real life holds its own magic. She attended the University of Michigan, found her own true love and has three wonderful sons. Holli is a winner of the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart competition in Romantic Suspense, and last year published a novella title “Kiss of a Lifetime,” part of the book Countdown To A Kiss ~ A New Year’s Eve Anthology. Holli’s debut novel, Hot Magic, will be available in mid-August, 2013. For more information, visit her website at www.HolliBertram.com.