Is it just me, or does the concept of “date night” seem to have cropped up overnight? “Dating” my partner is an idea that seemed weird to me when I first heard it. Twelve years into marriage, however, I now see the point.
Life has a habit of moving forward. We get older, our calendars fill up with family, social, and work obligations, kids grow, and before we know it, months (or even years – eep!) have passed. And if you haven’t made the time for romance, you may find yourself without.
That’s what happened to me.
My husband works shifts – his twelve-hour shifts alternate between days and nights, with him working the entirety of every second weekend. I have long gotten used to making plans without him. When he’s home, we catch up with friends and family. No sign of romance!
When I tried to think of the last time we got away, just the two of us, I came up with a handful of walks through the woods, and that’s it – no date nights specifically intended for wooing, re-connecting as a couple, no relaxing vacations just the two of us. Our every waking moment is filled with work, obligations, family life.
So that’s what I’m going to try to accomplish this year: date nights are my resolution. Time to reconnect as a couple, to remember what butterflies feel like, to reignite the love that’s been taken a bit for granted.
Open to “date night” suggestions… leave a comment!