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Mistake #1: Leaving the Romance Out of the Weather Report
Okay, grab a hanky--or 14--and watch this video from StoryCorps about an extraordinary 27-year-marriage that ended in terminal cancer. The takeaway, in case you didn't watch it, or missed it as you collapsed into a puddle, is that Danny wrote Annie a love letter every day. Every single day. His love letters were simple notes. He calls them "romantic weather reports." "To my princess: The weather out today is extremely rainy... " begins one of them. You know you're going to talk about the weather. There's nothing wrong with that. Or there doesn't have to be anyway. Not when the weather is relayed in the language of love.
Mistake #2: Having Your Heart-to-Hearts on the Side
You know who really understands what you're going through? Your best girlfriend, who happens to also be a much-decorated First Date Veteran, or else is also married to a workaholic, or is in whatever relevant way your romance