Why this photo is the definition of romance

“Ok, so I sent you the pic. Is that the right one?"
“Ok, so I sent you the pic. Is that the right one?" Photo: Facebook: Brittney Johnson

Romance in the beginning of a relationship can mean extravagant gifts and gestures, but when a relationship settles into the long-term, those gestures can fade away. Then it becomes the smaller, everyday things that mean the most.

US woman Brittney Johnson has shared a photo of a stranger online to show what real love looks like. She snapped the man in front of a wall of nail polish in a shop, and shared it on Facebook.

"I'm sorry, sir, whoever you are...for posting a pic of your back side for the world to see…BUT I couldn't help it," she wrote.

"This man was on the phone with his wife, looking so hard for the EXACT olive coloured nail polish that she wanted."

Brittney wrote that she could hear him saying, "I got this, I got this, I'll be home in a bit."

"Then he took a picture and sent it to her and she called to help him," Brittney said. "He says, 'Ok, so I sent you the pic. Is that the right one? You wanna know the colours close to it? You want all three colours?'"

As a single woman, I've just found something else to add to my long list of must-haves in a man: willingness to locate and buy me all three nail colours just to ensure I have the one I want.

"THIS IS ALL IT TAKES," Brittney wrote. "Effort. Showing someone that whatever is special to them means something to you because they want it, or need it, or just really like it."

Brittney says love is about pushing yourself outside your comfort zone – at the makeup counter, the book shop, the handbag department or the tampon aisle of the supermarket.

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"Letting yourself feel foolish sometimes for the sake of making your girl (or man) happy," Brittney wrote.

"It's still so cool to me…the idea of romance…not being flowers and cards and candy…but being time, and proof that you've actually listened, and support of the things that set that person's soul on fire. Marrying your best friend, being all for ONE person, that's still pretty cool."

Brittney's post was shared on the Love What Matters Facebook page, and the man in front of the wall of nail polish became an instant hero and symbol of romance.

And Brittney's final message is to hold out for a man like this one.

"Don't settle for less than that y'all," she wrote. "Somebody, somewhere, will love you enough to go shopping alone for your favourite nail polish."