This is my idea of romance:
To the encouragement, advice, judgement and taste [my wife] has always made available to me, I must now also recognize that the nearly forty years of devotion she has shown to me and to our children has made possible my own career. Now she has added to her previous tasks those of a full-time nurse. There is no one to whom I owe more and I hope she can find in my offering of this book to her some small evidence of how completely I recognize that.
—J.M. Roberts (1928–2003), from the preface toThe New History of the World, 4th (and last) edition
I think Aretha would approve.