Romance Below Zero

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Some might say we were crazy to have gone out that evening. Our Oaxacan friends certainly would say that. I suspect even our die-hard Cleveland friends and family might have questioned our sanity.

But sometimes you have to be crazy in love.

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One day during our brief trip to Ohio last month, an hour before sunset, we donned what limited cold-weather clothes we had packed with us and drove to one of my favorite spots in Northeast Ohio – even though it was 14º F (-10º C).

I did it because I simply had to take pictures of what I knew would be an idyllic setting. I wasn’t disappointed. My husband went simply because he loves me and loves to spend time with me. (Granted, he shares my same love for this quaint suburb, though not necessarily in sub-zero temperatures!)

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So while my teeth chattered, my toes grew numb, my husband stomped his feet back to life, and both our noses and cheeks glowed bright red from the biting cold, we walked briefly from spot to spot. I hoped to improve my photography and get that ‘perfect shot’ while Mike offered suggestions like, “Hey, what about this angle?” or “Can you try to frame this scene?”

Teamwork. It’s what we do.

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When we could no longer feel our hands or feet, we entered the local Starbucks for something hot to wrap our fingers around and pour into our bodies. Everyone else seemed to have the same idea, as there were no empty seats or tables, and the line made a long snake-like curve from the counter to the door.

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We left, shouldering into the wind and the cold as my left arm tucked into his right one. We scurried a quarter mile down the street to a local sit-down joint, where we ordered hot chocolate, hot chili, and hot buffalo wings. As we thawed out, we agreed not to tell our grown kids we had snacked, since they had promised to make dinner and were waiting for our return back to the house in which we were staying.

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The sun had set and the snow flurries had again begun falling while we were inside the restaurant. I was able to capture the lit-up gazebo outside in all its snowy Christmas glory. We walked the half-block to our car and made our way back, where a warm house and a delicious meal waited.

That, my friends, is how you can have romance below zero.

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