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Date Night is my favorite night of the week. I wish I could say we faithfully went out every week, but when you need a babysitter to get out, it is just not always a reality. When we are not able to actually go out of the house, we still make time for each other. We have our “at home dates” and rather than watching a movie together since we do that ALL the time, and it does not leave much room for personal connection, we take advantage of the beautiful summer nights that have been slowly turning into fall (yes, I know it is fall. I have just recently accepted that summer is over) So we sit out on the front stoop, as my dad would call it.
I grew up in a house with a great front porch and spent countless hours hanging out there enjoying good company with friends and family. It was always a good time for a litany of reasons: It is comfortable. It is quiet. There is no distraction to having a good long conversation. It is a great way to enjoy the beautiful weather. And last, but not least: for us as parents, it requires no babysitter! We do not have that same porch like the house I grew up in, but we still have our front stoop. After our son is in bed, we will often go outside – sometimes with a bowl of ice cream or a glass of wine – and enjoy each others company. We do not always stay out for very long, especially when those mosquitos are out! But we stay out long enough for us to reconnect with one another, to have quality time and to know each other. And I think knowing each other is the first step in loving each other because as our good friend Isaac once reminded me, “you cannot love what you do not know“. Wise words.
ps. I had to resist the urge to embed this video . After writing this post it has been in my head and I have been randomly bursting out into song!