Well, this is a bit of a difficult one for me. It has been a while since the hubs and I have been on a real date (watching Fringe on the couch doesn’t exactly count). However, I’ve been blessed because we’ve been on some doozies. I know that some of these aren’t going to be applicable to everyone, but hopefully there will be a little something for everyone. So, without further ado, here are some of my favorite dates with my hubs:
1. Our last Navy Ball – I know this isn’t an experience that everyone can share, but oh, my, I can’t have a list without it. It got to the point that I was so over shopping for a ball gown and going to yet another military ball. I really had taken them for granted. However, for our last one, we made it special. I wore my favorite ball dress. NGD’s command was so fun so we were able to sit with friends and really enjoy the evening. I even got a dance out of him! The O Club served cheesecake for dessert (NOT one of my faves), so the Captain told Nathan he had to get me dessert before we went home. So we went through the drive thru at McDonald’s in our ball clothes and got me a hot fudge sundae (so good!).
2. Handel’s Messiah & Fine Dining – We are blessed to have some dear friends that live near us around Nashville. A couple years ago, we were able to go the Schermerhorn Symphony Hall and see the Nashville Symphony perform Handel’s Messiah. Before the music, we went to a fun restaurant downtown, Etch. It was fine dining, which is something we rarely get. It would have been great no matter, but it was all the more sweet since we were able to share it with friends.
3. Marriage Seminar – Most people thought we were having marital problems when I posted on FB that I was going to see Paul Tripp speak on marriage at a conference downtown. We weren’t. It was just how we decided to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary. It was a Friday night/Saturday morning thing, so after the morning session, we went to a little brunch place and talked about all the cool things we’d heard and learned over the weekend. Brunch, Paul Tripp, and theological discussions with my husband = a great time!
4. Private Concert of “Broken Together” by Mark Hall – Okay, I understand that this one is super subjective, but it was still AWESOME! A few days before our 14th wedding anniversary, I went to see a taping of The Chat with Priscilla Shirer (if you haven’t seen her show, check it out!). The guests were Mark & Melanie Hall. He’s the lead singer for Casting Crowns. They were speaking on marriage. It was awesome. The song “Broken Together” was about to drop, so he and another member of the band were going to perform. I was amazed when I saw that the rest of the audience was leaving. NGD & Chas were out in the parking lot waiting on me, so I asked if they could come in and hear the performance. The producer said, “Sure.” So I ran and got them and we all spent a little time chatting with Mark Hall and Priscilla Shirer. Then Mark sang that song and I cried and cried. If you haven’t heard that song, go listen to it now!
5. Fazzoli’s and the mall – This is one that will work for just about anyone in any situation. A few Christmases ago, we were running low on funds and couldn’t really afford to do much during our church’s “Parents’ Night Out” but we didn’t want to lose the opportunity for a special date night. So, we dropped Chas off and used a 2-for-1 coupon at Fazzoli’s (breadsticks!) and then went and walked around the mall. It was supposed to be Christmas shopping, but it quickly turned into an expedition to Earthbound Trading and the other “hippie” stores in the mall. It was really nothing and certainly nothing extravagant, but it was a special time with my special guy and I still remember it fondly.
In the end, you don’t have to do anything expensive to have a great date. Even some of the more outrageous things we’ve done were made special by the company and the experience. Heck, even the symphony tickets were a gift. Ultimately, a great date isn’t measured by what you do, but who you do it with.