Having run across a very perplexing question multiple times lately (most recently on Momma Bug's blog), I finally determined to ask Karl, seeing as he would be the one the answer for me would most effect. Is it more romantic to sit beside your beloved on a date, or across from them? He sat down and typed out his answer before letting me see. Here it is:
I was pondering the complexities of vehicle decisions when my dear wife appears in the doorway to the room with an equally perplexing problem. Which is more romantic..(romantic!?...uh oh!) but then she continued "to sit across from each other or to sit side by side at the table"(Is this a reminder that we need to go on more frequent dates?) My answer is in the same fashion that I answer her when she asks an opinion regarding a sewing project: I rationalize, ponder, and then make whatever it is 100 times more difficult than it should have been. We have been limited to two compromising choices at restaurants when it comes to romantic seating and hence I will promote a third. Why must we suffer the distance with a table severing our closeness in order to gaze into our loves eyes? Why must the candle light dilate our pupils so that our Love's beauty is harder to be perceived in the dimness of the establishment? Why also must we be limited in our view as we sit close together holding hands facing straight ahead looking at our plates(though it does prevent stray projectiles from flying from our mouths toward our love of our life). I believe that the proper way of sitting at the table would be to sit at a right angle to your spouse(you know, a square table). This solves many disturbing problems. You can gaze into your Love's eyes, hold hands, enjoy her beauty in the candle light as it reveals her face in the dimness of the room, and raid her food...;). Next time you go to the restaurant don't settle for a mediocre experience and insist on the ultimate romantic seating position; right angles for Mr/Mrs. Right!