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Friday, August 15, 2014

Sunset Dating

Just the two of us.
My Husby believes in date night.
A least once a week.
He and me.
Fun.
In our earlier, more penurious days we got creative.
In nice weather, long walks.
Around town. Along the river bottom.
Sometimes, we'd wander through the mall, just looking.
Occasionally buying a hot chocolate or ice cream cone to share.
Going grocery shopping.
Having an evening picnic.
Wonderful times.
As we near retirement, dating consists of movies, dinners, theatre and concerts.
Still fun.
As long as we're together.
A couple of evenings ago, Husby's truck broke down.
He pulled into the nearest parking lot, called first for a tow-truck, and then me to come and bring him home.
I arrived long before said tow-truck.
Looooong before.
Together, we waited.
Nearby were several formal restaurants.
And an A&W.
Not wanting to leave the truck until help deigned to arrive, Husby suggested that one of us run across the street to the fast food outlet and grab a couple of burgers.
I volunteered.
Between you and I, I'd rather do that then instruct a tow-truck driver if and when he decided to show up.
Ahem . . .
I returned.
We ate.
Have I mentioned that the world looks better on a full tummy?
Well, it does.
We talked and laughed.
Sitting on the tailgate of the truck in the warm sun.
And the cool summer breeze.
Oh, we both had places we needed to be.
Things that needed doing.
But, for that moment, all that was important were a couple of burgers.
The tailgate of our truck.
The warm summer evening.
And the two of us.
Re-discovering the perfect date.
In our sunset years.

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  1. Awwwww…this is so sweet! You two make a lovely couple!

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  2. So sweet....what a cute little pair of love birds you are.

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    1. Thank you, Delores. Although I don't know if the word 'little' applies . . .

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  3. The elements of a first date, minus the tow truck. Our first dates were getting burgers at the student union or going to the library. Simple and sweet. And cheap. Those are the best.

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  4. This is lovely, Diane. May you enjoy many more.

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  5. I love when one of those moment arrive when we least expect it. This actually sounds like such a fun date. Wishing you many more, without the car breaking down, of course.

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    1. Heehee! Yeah. Would we do it without the errant car?

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  6. What a perfect example of something that is the sweeter part of having been married a long time to someone you love deeply. Simple pleasures with your best friend....

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    1. Oh, I love that! Simple pleasures with your best friend. Perfect!

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  7. Love this! Date nights are one of the main ingredients for a long, happy marriage - which you obviously have!

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    1. Long? Getting there! Happy? Definitely! :)

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  8. This so beautiful Diane and I love that picture! My hubby (Poochie Bear) and I are celebrating our 23rd year anniversary on Thursday and we couldn't be happier. Everything we do we do it together a lot of people probably think we're weird. I think we are so lucky to be married to our best friends. By the way have you informed him of the adoption yet?!? Haha!

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    1. People think we're weird, too! That must be the secret ingredient!
      P.S. He's totally okay with the adoption! :)

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  9. It sounds like you "made the most of a moment" :)

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