So much is written about lost loves and faded loves. That is quite understandable especially when you recall that Byron wrote his best poetry while pining for his departed loved one.
However, one must remember that there are other aspects of love such as courting love, playful love and even flamboyant love.
This courting love is a most interesting subject. According to research done at the University of Lubliana, the temperature of a woman rises by exactly one degree centigrade whenever her hand is held and love words are whispered in her ear.
Based on my personal experience, I disagree with this figure. Once, when I held a woman’s hand and uttered sweet nothings, her temperature rose phenomenally and she exploded into a number of tiny incendiary speckles and the room was filled with the smells of burnt crepe-de-chine and silk.
There was a reason for this and I’ll tell you about it. You see, I studied at the feet of a master. It happened like this.
When I was in London some time ago, there was a Rudolph Valentino festival. For a wonderful week, they showed most of his circa 1925 black-and-white movies. You don’t know Rudolph Valentino? You don’t know that 21 million women mourned his death in the USA alone with similar numbers elsewhere. South America came to grinding halt. The calamity then was about 9 on the Richter scale while, as an example, for Michael Jackson, the rating was only about 3.
I went every day. So I saw five of his greatest movies…and I haven’t been the same since. You’ve surely heard that song “Sheik of Araby” with the words “at night when you’re asleep, into your tent I’ll creep”? Well, I saw the movie. I saw Valentino court the young desert maiden at a well. He wasn’t your everyday modern macho lover. No, he was a little shy but he had a fantastic magical power. Even I, as a man, dropped my popcorn as he totally mesmerized me.
Then there was the “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” in which he dances a tango. Did he dance? Let it suffice that I say that I’ve never danced the tango again since that day. How could I? It would be a sacrilege.
I wanted you all to know this.
There is courting love and there is courting love. Always make sure that your courting love has the Valentino stamp of approval.