Friday, October 16, 2009

There's Something About Michael...

I have one celebrity crush. Of course I think Brad Pitt and George Clooney are handsome, but they are not who I have a crush on. For the last 5 years I have gotten butterflies in my tummy every time I hear the music of Michael Buble.

For those of you who aren't familiar with Michael, he is originally from Vancouver (my home town) and has made it big due to his sultry voice and Sinatra-esque persona. I have seen him in concert twice, and thanks so the coordination of my amazing husband and father-in-law, I met Michael Buble back stage at one of his concerts a few summers back. Of course, I would never trade my husband for any other man - so my crush on Michael means something very specific to me.

Michael Buble represents romance to me. He stands for the good old days when men would open doors for women and tip their hats. Michael performs in a tuxedo and oozes an old school charm rarely found in gentleman today.

Once engaged to actress Emily Blunt, Michael currently is dating an Argentinian actress who apparently did not speak English when they first met. This perplexes me. So much a part of dating is communicating verbally. Late night talks about lifelong dreams, private jokes whispered during movies...whatever it is, language is an essential component to romance. I know what you're thinking, love trumps language and that love can be expressed in many ways other than language.

That may be true, but at the end of the day can one truly understand another without speaking their language (literally)? What are your thoughts?

My advice for today is: For those of us who share the same language as our spouse's - spend some time thinking about how being a good listener and understanding another person extends beyond purely translating the meaning of certain words. Verbal communication can either be an overflow of random words or it can be a key into some one's heart and soul. Let's pay close attention to what our loved ones are telling us. We might know what certain words mean according to Webster, but pay attention to what those mean to the person you love. Listening isn't just hearing, it is understanding where someone is coming from, and acting accordingly.

Have a fabulous weekend!

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