When I listen to my grandparents talk about how they met and how my granpa 'wooed' my granny, it brings me to tears because so much love and thought and affection were put into tiny acts of adoration that eventually he won her over - for life.
My parents the same - they had a courtship, where they went for walks and only held hands, and talked about their dreams and hopes for the future. My father would never even think about not showing up without sme token of affection for my Mum, whether it be chocolates, flowers or a hand written poem he'd press into her hands as they said their goodnights.
Simple, honest and clean romance without the pretences of modern society is what's missing nowadays. How romantic is social media? When someone sends you a photo of a flower or something cute that's been making it ways around online like a meme. It's a no effort-recycled-lazy sort of mating. We rarely have to prove ourselves to each other, and instead of naturally encountering chemistry or creating it through thughtful acts full of meaning and emotion - we orchestrate 'dates' by going online and mostly critiszing and cringing at the dating profiles. It's so rehearsed and so meaningless. There's just no romance to it.
I think these are a few things that men, should create a throw-back movement to romance. Take the lead and remind women what being charmed felt like. It's not about how much money you make or car you drive but how you enchant a lady. And of course it takes effort, but the outcome is so much more magical than the negotiating and interrogation modern dating feels like...
The beauty of a flower is indelible - give some.
The taste of chocolate or candy will sweeten any meeting.
Quoting your favourite passage from a book or a scene from a movie and saying why.
Sitting silently and looking into each other's eyes and giving an honest compliment.
Taling a long walk just holding hands with no destination, just wandering in no rush to get somewhere.
Sharing your biggest aspiration or dream and asking for theirs.
All of these things can either start or end with: Two wine glasses and a decent bottle of wine, a blanket, an open space from where you can see the stars to have a midnight picnic.
P.S romantic music playing from you phone is allowed only if you use it for that and nothing else.