This is my entry into this month’s Top 3 contest.
My All Time Favorite Date Night
OH WHAT A RELIEF IT WAS!
Early into my marriage, I landed a great job. But it was extremely stressful. I was experiencing a particularly hectic week. My constant complaining elicited the usual sympathy for a hard-working wife overworked and underpaid. After three days, my stress level was high.
On Thursday, I received a call from the receptionist stating my husband was in the lobby. That was a total surprise. He wanted to take me on a lunch date. Lunch break was an hour, so I readily agreed. He didn't indicate where we were headed.
A few blocks later, we pulled into the Park. I was puzzled why we were there. Then I thought how nice; we were having lunch in the Park. Silent, he took my hand and led me to the merry-go-round and told me to jump on. Laughing, I did, and he pushed me around, until I was dizzy. Then we headed over to the seesaw. By now, my office problems seemed trivial. Finally, we entered the swings. It hadn't been on playground equipment in years. Imagine the looks on the other children's faces. An absolutely memorable lunch break.
To spend the middle of the day in the Park was the most enjoyable lunch date. I still remember every detail of that hour together. It was also a turning point for me. We talked on the way back. He told me something that helped me through the next 35 years of working:
Family is what matters.
Don’t let stress rule you.
My Second Favorite Date
THREE TIMES THE CHARM
My second favorite date night was actually an all-day event. This was a Valentine's celebration. It was a total surprise the way the day unfolded. I woke to find an envelope on my dresser. I knew it was Valentine's Day, so I took my time getting settled with coffee before opening my card.
I was surprised because the card was actually a different type of greeting card. The message was a beautiful one, full of sentiment about our early years together. Not only was the card a surprise, it transported me back to the beginning of our relationship. I thought about the message all the while I was busy with my daily routine.
Then, at lunchtime, he called. I suspected the purpose was to see whether I'd read the card and my thoughts. He actually called to say he had a gift for me. But I needed to retrieve it from the closet. I thought he'd bought me a new outfit. After finding the gift, it was another greeting card. This time the message focused our life together up to that point. Finished reading it, I called back, and we discussed both cards. We compared notes on the memories that each one evoked.
It's amazing how two different interpretations were derived from reading the same cards. The giver, and the memories or emotions that prompted him to select that particular card. The recipient, and the emotions or memories felt upon reading it. We didn't make any plans for that day, so I wasn't expecting any.
Finally, upon arriving home, he presented me with yet a third card. This time the card was a large one, and felt like an actual gift was included. The Valentine's card was beautiful. Inside was an invitation to dinner at our favorite restaurant and a gift card to my favorite clothing outlet.
This was an eventful Valentine's Day filled with old memories and the making of new ones as I kept all three cards and other memorabilia from that day safely stored. It was so much fun to retrieve, revisit, and share them today.
My Third Favorite Date Night
FAMILY VALENTINE'S CELERATION
My third best date night remembrance was for our decision to have all our family together. This celeration included our parents who were still with us. My family loves to have gatherings in a buffet setting. So we decided to arrange a get-together in our favorite buffet restaurant.
I can't locate a picture of this particular event, but the restaurant was on a sle such as this one:
Image by Jinsoo Choi from Unsplash
We all chose different items from the buffet. The good thing about a buffet for a large family is that there is something on the menu for everyone. And the desserts are usually the first items the kids spot upon arrival.
I've found the prices to be reasonble at the buffet-style restaurants I've attended, such as Golden Corral. My family enjoyed the outing. Valentine cards and gifts were given to parents. The only obstacle was trying to get everyone together. But it was a great day that turned out well.
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Happy rest of the week everyone with whatever your endeavors.
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