“What is my ideal date night?” I recently got asked this question and I had to think long and hard about this one.
When I was younger, I totally would have answered this differently. I would have probably gone on with a long drawn out series of events more complex that trying to solve a Rubik’s Cube. Seriously, showed my age on that one, but for those who grew up in the 1970s and 1980s, congrats you know what I am taking about in this little toy and are as old as I am, too!!
That said at 35 years old and a mother of two, my ideal date would start with one simple thing. And that is that someone would take pity on us and watch our girls for a few hours. Seriously, I know I have stated how my daily dinners are anything, but peaceful in a recent FTSF post. So, I will refrain from going on about that again here.
However for an ideal date night, I would love to be able to indeed go out to dinner sans kids. Yes, I love them, but even I would love the couple of hours off. And what better way then to go out for dinner then just the two of us.
Yes, once my kids were being happily watched by someone other than Kevin or I. We could go out to dinner. I am not even picky, when I say this, but as long the food is half way decent and I can have a drink or two, I would be the happiest girl this side of the Mississippi River!!
Here is how I envision the date itself starting (once the kids are indeed being watched), by us getting in the car and driving to a restaurant (any restaurant that is free to accommodate us).
Once we get to the restaurant, I hope there isn’t too much of a wait, but if there is at all a wait, we will sit at the bar to have a drink to celebrate the quiet!
When we do get seated, open the menus to be able to agree and order a yummy appetizer. Then, begin to decide about the main course. A bit of good conversation hopefully will occur, probably still have the topic cross over to one or both of our girls, because even though they aren’t there, we still can’t help, but talk of them.
At some point, the appetizer will arrive and I will actually get to have my first taste of a warm piece of food in what feels like in forever. A few more bites and I find we annihilated the appetizer and am still a bit hungry now looking forward to the main course that should be hopefully arriving shortly.
A bit more open dialogue and be amazed at the fact that an adult conversation is being had and that a little person is not interrupting every 5 seconds for something they want or need at that moment.
And then finally dinner is served and yes it too is hot. Oh my god, it tastes delicious mainly because I can eat it without again having to stop every so often to help anyone with anything right then and there.
When I indeed finish and am full, Kevin will still have room for dessert and offer to split one with me. I concede to this, because god knows the next time we will be able to do this again. We order it and it arrives quickly. It is absolutely scrumptious and so worthy of the extra calories, because who is counting on “date night”!
And then, we are finished eating. We wait to pay the check and tip generously, because we actually did have a successful night out alone. Once the check and tip are indeed taken care of, we venture home. As nice of a night out as it was and as crazy as our kids can be, I missed them believe it or not. I cannot wait to get home and smother them both with hugs and kisses.
And that my friends is a successful date night, when only a few hours refreshes and recharges you pretty much making you forget that some form of craziness will probably ensue once you are indeed home, like having one of your kids clean her shoes with antibacterial lotion. I was told they needed a bath, because they were sticky and smelly. Yup, date night is officially over!!
This post was written in response to a prompt given for February’s NaBloPoMo on BlogHer and am actually publishing right under the wire for tomorrow is finally March 1st!!
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