I wonder where these phrases came from because I always equate ice with romance and warmth. Diamonds are sometimes referred to as ice. Don't people give diamonds to express their undying love and devotion? And what more proof do you need that ice equals romance than the time-tested, classic, ice skating date? Can you think of a better shared experience when two people are first getting to know one another?
Let's examine the photo to the right. We have here two people who are on a date, they're feeling kind of vulnerable, holding hands, and needing each other's support so they need to be close. They're probably going to share a hot chocolate afterwards and commiserate about how much their ankles and feet hurt, and how much shorter they feel without the skates! They'll also count how many times they fell and how terrible rental skates are. Aw...I find this scenario totally romantic.
For a measly $200, the world famous Rink at Rockefeller Center is also getting into the act with their Engagement on Ice. At the end of a session, you and your honey have five minutes of ice time all to yourselves with the song of your choice playing in the background (you bring the song). That's a precious five minutes -- amounts to $40 a minute. All this joy is, of course, contingent upon the proposal being accepted. Throughout my 15 years of skating at Rockefeller, I've only witnessed one instance of "Can we talk about this?"
But back to ice and romance. Today's Valentine's Day, the temperature has fallen, will you be taking someone skating? I hope so...Happy Valentine's Day!