Saturday, June 03, 2006

Date night

Last night Steve and I had a "date night." For most of the 23 years of our marriage we have not had either the time or the money for dates. Besides, I think we both thought after we married that we shouldn't have to bother about that sort of thing, but could enjoy our relationship as married people in every situation.

Back in the '90's, lots of advice-givers in Christian circles touted "date nights" for keeping marriages running smoothly. Steve and I laughed at that, but were happy for our friends who zealously "dated." They enjoyed themselves and we enjoyed ourselves, and that was fine.

Perhaps all the talk about dates affected us in some way, though, because for the past two years we've started having the occasional "date night." About once a month or so, Steve will call me from work and say, "Let's have a date night tonight, okay?" Or I'll ask him, "Do you think we could have a date night this Friday?" Then for the rest of the day or week we both look forward to our "date night."

Our date night is probably pretty lame compared to most. We go into Steve's office (he has one here at home) grab a couple of bottles of water, some pretzels or chips or cheese nips, and watch an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000. Last night we watched Phantom Planet and it didn't disappoint. Jacy joined us (we often are alone, but we don't mind the when the children want to enjoy the movie, too) and Joan wandered in for the last 20 minutes of the picture. The movie was bad, the running commentary by Mike and the robots was funny, and we all enjoyed laughing together.

It was a delightful "date night."

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Blogger Young Christian Woman said...

It's nice to know that not everyone who does "date night" sees it as escape-the-kids night :)

Really, why waste one's money on a restaurant or what passes for entertainment in the eyes of Hollywood?

1:37 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I agree! Eating out has always been a treat for us, and one we enjoy sharing with our children. On the times that we have gone out on a date sans child/ren, we've spent the evening talking about the children or remarking how much they would enjoy what we're eating, seeing, etc. Fun shared really is fun multiplied.

5:02 PM  
Blogger Dy said...

I'm so tickled to find someone else who enjoys MST3K! We don't have cable any longer, but when we did, it was a favorite way to blow an evening together. The boys are still too young for it, but we hope they'll enjoy it with us when they're older.

Having fun getting to know your blog!


9:24 AM  

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