My husband and I went out last night for our first date together in 2015 (Aside: Can I just say that all of that sentence sounds so foreign to me? Married, going out on dates, 2015!) and he planned it all himself.
He actually had the whole day planned for us to spend time together. We ran a couple errands, had a quick bite to eat for lunch, then walked around the mall for a few hours. This is a big deal to me because the Grapevine Mall just outside of Dallas has to be the most spectacular shopping mall I’ve ever been in. There are things to look at everywhere! People swarm the common areas, stores, restrooms, benches outside and around every table in the food court.
Brent bought me a book I’ve been wanting to read for a while now, along with a small book light so I can read at night after he’s gone to bed and my night owl self is wide awake laying there next to him. We laughed our way through the crazy candy store (I had a particularly big time once he pointed out the “Colon Blow” cereal on one of the shelves) and he picked me up a canister of Bailey’s Irish Creme centered chocolates.
At the cookie shop he let me choose a custom order of the best cookies I’ve ever tried. We finally made it to an open table in the food court where we sat and chatted for an hour or so. It’s amazing how much my husband says when I’m silent! I need to try that more often, because just listening to his soft Texan accent talk about Mr. Pibb or the Dallas Cowboys or just about anything else.
We capped the evening with a movie (we saw Exodus: Gods and Kings) at a dine-in theater. Man, those huge, comfy recliners and bottomless beverages paired with Parmesan french fries and my hand in his was the perfect way to spend a beautiful evening.
Like I told Brent on the drive home, “I really needed that. We really needed that. It’s not that I forget, but those kinds of days remind me why I married you, and why I love you so much.”