How Much Love Fits In a One Inch Picture Frame?

by Jenny Hansen


One of the most stellar bits of writing advice I’ve ever read was dispensed by Anne Lamott, the author of writing classic, Bird by Bird. She tells writers to:

  • “Keep a one-inch picture frame on your desk to remind yourself that for each moment, you only have to write as much as you can see through a one-inch picture frame.”
  • In other words, when a whole project is overwhelming, break it into little pieces or as she says, “don’t try to eat the elephant in one sitting.”

I think of that one-inch picture frame all the time.

Maybe it’s because I’m a writer, but I’m always looking for examples of “big message” in a little space.

My Hubs is a master of this.

The first time he did it was about six weeks after we met. We were on the phone, planning a date, and he said, “Don’t you have RWA this weekend?”

One sentence. . .six little words. . .and I knew he was a keeper.

I knew this guy was tuned into me. When I’d said, “The second Saturday of the month is my writers’ meeting,” he not only listened, he put it on his calendar.

That was the moment I knew, I was a goner.

We’re coming up on 10 years and he’s still slaying me with little gestures that say, “I’m paying attention to you and I think you rock.”

A few days ago, I went into our shared OneNote binder for the family (Click here for more about that) and read through our list of upcoming appointments. Down at the bottom of the list, right after his birthday, I see this:

Relationship Picture Frame

What says love more than a partner who’s a great parent, does the dishes and keeps track of when you met? For me, not much.

Seriously, I swooned. I’d have gobbled him up like chocolate mousse right at that moment if he’d been in the house. Instead, I’m blogging about him so y’all can think he’s a badass honey too.

What little gesture says “I love you” to you? It doesn’t have to be romantic, it just has to be a little message that goes a long way into your heart. Continue the discussion at the #SocialIn hashtag on Twitter or SocialInDC on Facebook!

~ Jenny


About Jenny Hansen

By day, Jenny provides training and social media marketing for an accounting firm. By night she writes humor, memoir, women’s fiction and short stories. After 15 years as a corporate software trainer, she’s delighted to sit down while she works.

When she’s not at her personal blog, More Cowbell, Jenny can be found on Twitter at JennyHansenCA or at Writers In The Storm. Jenny also writes the Risky Baby Business posts at More Cowbell, a series that focuses on babies, new parents and high-risk pregnancy.

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