A few weekends ago, M & I spent a Saturday morning at Lowe’s with the girls. What should have taken us 20 minutes (tops) took us over an hour. At one point, I handed the girls some molding to keep them occupied. The molding quickly turned into a duel with swords.
desperately called my parents to ask if they could watch the girls. We had more errands to run and M & I thought we could take the opportunity to go out to lunch.
It wasn’t a big deal of a date. We went to lunch, Pier One, and the Habit for Humanity ReStore store. During lunch I immediately noticed something was different.
It was relaxed.
It was calm.
It was filled with conversation.
It was genuine.
It was like we were dating again.
We walked into Pier One and felt the same way. We walked slowly through the store. We looked at things and didn’t have to worry about the girls knocking over displays.
Something about a daytime date felt different to us. This took us by surprise since we sometimes suck at marriage and are trying so hard to put it first. I’m not sure if it’s because we weren’t tired, like we usually are when we go out on a date at the end of the day. Or maybe it’s because we weren’t worried about the kids and whether or not they’d get out of bed.
Regardless, we picked up the girls 2 hours later and we felt rejuvenated. There’s something about taking care of yourself that allows you to more easily take care of others. Self care is some important stuff but yet it’s still a challenge for me.
There has been at least one more daytime date since that day and we plan on having some more in our future. It was exactly what we needed.
Where’s your favorite place to go on a date?