It hit me that we are an 'old married couple' when everyone kept asking what we're doing for Valentine's Day. We have no plans and won't really celebrate in the typical manner.
First off, I've never been one to want to go out anywhere around Valentine's Day--the lines are long, the prices are sky high and now that we have kids--I don't need to pay a sitter for a 3 hour wait for my table. I don't want flowers on Valentine's Day--maybe another day, but not on Feb. 14. Are you kidding? I watched the prices go at our local grocery store from $1 per long stem rose to $3.99 per long stem rose. I don't think the flowers are any better at 4x the price. Buy me flowers to surprise me in March when they are normal priced again!
So Sean and I have no plans for today. Church and pot blessing (pot luck) afterwards. Rebekah will need a nap. Then we'll do something for dinner--at home--and maybe have game night with the kids. Nathan got new games and we want to check them out.
We did have a wonderful dinner together on Wednesday when the kids have AWANA Clubs. We brought home fast-ish food and were rebels by eating on the couch. (Big time no-no around here!) Mostly, we connected at a heart to heart level. There's been a lot of 'noise' in our life lately and things trying to pull us every way apart, but we chose to spend time getting close again. It was lovely.
Maybe this Wed. we'll go to the restaurant I picked out for our non-Valentine date night. New little Mexican place and I scored some gift certificates to pay for part of our meal (yes!).
Most of all, I decided along the way that there's a lot of days that are sold to us as important dates on the calendar. I've figured out that I'd rather have my dishwasher unloaded by my loving husband or come home to a house that was picked up while I was gone throughout the year instead of one big hoopla on a set day on the calendar. The little things speak louder to me in assuring Sean's love than flowers or candies or dinner out.
Yes, I've figured it out. We are the old married couple--and I think I'm happier that way. So go enjoy your dinner tonight and I'll catch up with my hubby on another day. After all, if you truly love each other, any day can be Valentine's Day.
Come and grow old with me, the best is yet to be!